Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Violent #5

The Violent #5

The Violent: Blood Like Tar, Chapter 5 is the end of the Mason, Becky, and Kaitlyn story.  Mason has killed two people, and he's trying to convince Becky that they should find their daughter, take her, and run.  This leaves Becky with a choice: will she take Kaitlyn and run off with Mason, or will she run in the opposite direction?  Like usual, this is a gritty, no-nonsense series about an underworld family trying to make a go of it in Vancouver.

The Violent, Volume 1 comes out in September, 2016 on Image Comics, and although there are plans for a second arc set in 1986 and featuring a 13-year-old Jesse McPhearson (the drug dealer who is killed in the first or second issue), sales haven't been high enough to warrant a second arc on Image Comics.  The next five issues will probably be published in digital-only format before being published as trade paperbacks.  With any luck, there'll be a third arc and a fourth.

I love the realistic portrayal of violence and drug use.  I've been sober for almost eight years, and September 18, 2008 is my sobriety date.  I never got into drugs, even much marijuana, but I've been around them in the past.  Scratch that, I was on Percocet and Vicodin for four months (2006 or so), although I never abused it, so I know what it's like to try to rebuild.  I was lucky enough to fall into a good job right after I got off it, but I can remember what it was like to be off those drugs.  My energy was gone, I was always in pain, and I was drinking.  Anyway, good luck to the creators in making the second arc happen, Running With the Devil.  I'll be reading.

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