Random Acts Reviewed


Review by Chris Partin / THE COMIC ADDICTION

Two friends decide that they want to make a comic book.  They decide that one will write it and the other draws it.  The book is called “Slasherman” and it’s a pure gore-fest of a slasher comic.  The book becomes a sensation and the two creators hit the road to promote the book, meet their fans, and discover that sometimes life imitates art a little too much.  That is basically Random Acts of Violence in a nutshell.  Believe me, there’s much more to the book than what I’ve said, and I think I should leave it that way. 

Palmiotti and Gray have put together one crazy ride in just 70 pages.  This book hits all of those suspense beats so well it just makes you want to keep reading.  I don’t think this was a pure horror book because there wasn’t that sense of horror in it and I hope I wasn’t misreading that.  I think there are a lot of shock and awe moments where it looked like our writers were just trying to gross you out from the scene.  If that’s what they were going for – gold stars all around! 

I think one of the best things about this book isn’t the Slasherman aspect of the book, but the way the world is introduced to the character – as a comic book character.  The way this story unfolds and some of those little touches, like the Mark Waid story that is told, are great moments that really make the book enjoyable on a variety of levels.

The art in this book by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Paul Mounts, and Bill Tortolini is something to behold!  I first saw Caracuzzo’s art in the pages of Last Resort, another Palmiotti and Gray penned book from IDW Publishing and I just wanted to see more of his work.  It’s hard to say that I like one book over the other, but I think Random Actsis such a great overall piece.  Mounts’s colors really are muddied and provide so a dark mood and then you turn the page and there’s a lot of bold and striking colors that provide such a punch to the pencils and inks.  Much like Last ResortRandom Actsmakes me want to see more from this artistic team for sure!

Overall, Random Acts of Violence is not all blood and gore.  There’s a solid story in it about two friends working hard to fulfill a dream of making comics.  They get lucky and create something that really takes a hold of the industry.  Their only problem, it takes a hold of some people a little more serious than others.  I think this is a great book and should definitely be checked out, but it is definitely a ‘mature reader only’ book due to the graphic nature of the story. 

Rating: 8 out of 10 (On Its Way to Greatness!)

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Artist: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Bill Tortolini
Publisher: Image Comics 

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