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Review – Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press)

Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press) cover art(detail) by Nenad Cvitcanin
Dead End Kids #1
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Dead End Kids #1

Writer: Frank Gogol
Artist: Nenad Cviticanin
Letterer: Sean Rinehart
Cover Artist: Criss Madd
Editor: Paul Allor
Publisher: Source Point Press
Maturity Rating: no rating specified
Release Date: Jul 24, 2019

Dead End Kids #1 introduces a new and dark series full of misfits, murders, and mysteries. It’s perfect for anybody looking for something emotionally compelling.

 

Introducing a Dark Murder Mystery in Dead End Kids #1

Dead End Kids is a new series from Source Point Press, and it is dark. In a good way, of course. The series is set in the late ’90s, and is following a group of misfit children in need of a break in life. Which, of course, means they aren’t going to get it, or there wouldn’t be much of a point in this series. The series is advertised as being a dark mystery, and after having read Dead End Kids #1, I can already tell just how accurate that description is. So get ready for an emotional roller coaster—one that I’m sure will be worth it.

Writing

Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press) cover art by Nenad Cviticanin
Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press) cover art by Nenad Cviticanin

I was surprised by how quickly Dead End Kids was able to establish the setting, characters, and core of the plot. It was actually quite impressive. And it left me eager to read the next issue—always a good sign.

Dead End Kids #1 starts off on a dark note. It starts right off the bat with telling us some of the worst that was to come, before jumping to an earlier point in time. I personally enjoy this tactic, because it allows a series to hit the ground running, and then go back to build up the tension. Plus, I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the warning for heavier moments.

Frank Gogol did an excellent job of introducing us to, and developing, the four main characters. These four misfits are clearly vital to the story, and each one has a unique background. But because there was so much to be done, they really only had a page each to give us an idea of their past. Yet Gogol managed to do it perfectly.

As for the main plot, I’ll admit that I’m intrigued. Even knowing what was going to happen (well, some of it, at least) I was still surprised by the impact of it all. And the conclusion certainly left me looking for more. I’m going to be following this series, for sure—I need to see how they get out of this one.

Art

I really enjoyed the art style behind Dead End Kids #1. Nenad Cviticanin did all of the heavy lifting for this issue, providing the lines and coloring. It’s so easy to forget how unified a series can look when there’s one artist running the show.

I love the color palette, as well as the style in general. Even without having been told that this series was set in the ’90s, I would have been able to tell from Cviticanin’s art. The items, way of dress, and many other fine details are all clear indicators for the time period.

There were certain panels and pages that I loved in particular. The first major panel just had so much impact to it, and it really set the tone for the rest of the issue. There were other moments that really caught my attention as well, but none quite like that.

Conclusion

Dead End Kids #1 was a brilliant start to a dark and mysterious new series. I adored what I saw here, and honestly, am looking forward to seeing more. This one issue did a fantastic job of introducing us to all of the important elements of the series. And best of all, it left me looking for more.

I’m curious to see where this series leads in the long run. This issue set some expectations, but a lot of it was vague enough that I can see it going several different ways. Admittedly, that went a long way in making me more invested in the series.


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