Comics Roundup #64: “Assassin Nation, Vol. 1”

I’m still catching up on discussing books I read in the late summer/early fall months, especially for the Magical Readathon. So, here’s another comic book I read way back then.


Assassin Nation, Vol. 1: Number One With a Bullet by Kyle Starks, illus. by Erica Henderson

Genre

Thriller; Humor

Series

Assassin Nation

Pubbed

2019

From Goodreads

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe, survive, and also attempt to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him! (Goodreads)


My thoughts

Assassin Nation is an action comic book about a dude who was once one of the best hitmen in the world hiring the 20 best assassins to serve as his bodyguard because someone’s targeting him.

I read the first issue last year and thought it was okay. I wasn’t really intending to continue with it, but my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to see how the first volume would pan out, so I borrowed it from the library when I saw it available.

The story is light and funny but kind of juvenile in some ways. I didn’t check who the intended audience is, but I don’t think it’s for adults; maybe it’s for teens. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s just that the story is a lot lighter than I thought it would be. I would have liked the same concept, even with the twist, but a bit more serious and darker.

I like that the story has a diverse cast of characters. However, none of them are so developed that the reader feels anything when one dies and the dude who hires the assassins (I forgot his name) is too obnoxious to like. But I didn’t mind all that since the focus is on the plot, which is very fast-paced. There is even a little twist, which I saw coming, but enjoyed anyway.

Art style

It’s still not a style that greatly appeals to me, but I think it fits the tone of the story well. I like how the colors make the illustrations pop, and I like how bright and eye-catching the action scenes are. Actually, the action scenes are what I like the most and also the panels that highlight a character in some way, calling the reader to pay attention to them.

Overall: ★★☆☆☆ ½

It was okay, just not for me.

Buy | Borrow | Bypass

6 thoughts on “Comics Roundup #64: “Assassin Nation, Vol. 1”

  1. I was struck by the use of colour on the cover, then it’s the same in the inside images, very bright and interesting. I just read a book I thought was YA but was really an actual children’s book, which suffered from the same kind of over-simplicity.

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