REVIEW: Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1

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New Dead End Kids Tale

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job is an extension of the original Dead End Kids series written by Frank Gogol. Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 is written by Frank Gogol, Art by Nenad Cviticanin, Lettering by Sean Rinehart and Cover by Criss Madd.

REVIEW: Dead End Kids - The Suburban Job #1 1

About Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 follows the trauma and effects that September 11 had on three young teens. Specifically, those three young teens are reunited seven years later when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a local drug dealer. And that drug dealer is out for blood.

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 Story

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 is an interesting story that taps into the trauma and suffering of three young teenagers who, like many in America, were front and centre during September 11. The beginnings of The Surbuban Job sets up a story firmly rooted in each character’s issues and how the danger presented by a local drug dealer will deeply effect them.

Writer and creator Frank Gogol has created a healthy comic book script that puts more emphasis on the direction of his characters, their movements and how they interact with the world – than oversaturating each panel with unnecessary dialogue. The end result, thanks to Frank Gogol’s direction, is a remarkable Comic Book Issue which presents us with the hopes and fears of each of his characters very early on. In fact, there’s something to be said of Frank Gogol’s observation and masterful understanding of “negative space” in the Comic Book medium. He lets each panel breathe and tell its own story rather than feverishly hammering out line after line of convoluted dialogue.

My only complaint with Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 is the eye brow raiser of 14 pages. Though I’m half expecting Frank Gogol to make up for it. This latest effort demonstrates a remarkable air of maturity of exactly what can be achieved in less than 20 pages of thought provoking comic book writing. There’s proof in the pages of how and why Frank Gogol’s star is rising in the Comic Book Industry.

Dead End Kids - The Suburban Job #1 Story

The Suburban Job Art

Artist and colorist Nenad Cviticanin does an awe-inspiring job with Frank Gogol’s characters. Cviticanin’s street level style understands how the working class should look and feel. From the fashion right through to the metropolitan environment, Cviticanin’s art is healthy and profound. There’s about a dozen different stories that each panel tells which is fitting when I’m sure every living person has a dozen stories they could tell about September 11.

Cviticanin’s attentiveness to the facial expressions and the ethnicity of each character is very telling of an artist that wants to tell a heart warming story that pulls inspiration from each walk of life. While Sean Rinehart’s lettering is a perfect extension of the street wise tale that Frank Gogol is telling.

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 Conclusion

Dead End Kids – The Suburban Job #1 is miles ahead of its peers. While not an overly complicated story, its telling of Frank Gogol’s understanding of the human condition. The way in which we interact with one another. The bite that trauma can take out of all of us. A chunk that we’ll never get back or be made whole again.

Dead Ends – The Suburban Job #1 is available through Source Point Press in January 2020.

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