Review: Chambers #1

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Part 1 of 4. Narcotics Officer Denis Chambers comes from a family of law enforcers. Now, someone is picking them off one by one, and she’ll have to figure out who’s taking an axe to her family tree before it’s too late.

chambers coverToday we have a review for a new indie book that has hit Comixology. It’s from Wes Locher, who we have featured on a past installment of Kickstart The Art for his series Unit 44 (click here for that). Chambers isn’t a funny and lighthearted romp like Unit 44. Chambers #1 tells the story of a narcotics officer whose family, also cops, are being picked off one by one. Somebody has a vendetta against the Chambers family and if Denise wants to stay alive, she’ll have to figure out who it is. Locher writes and letters the story with Kristian Rossi providing art, Kefas Armando handling color, and Amanda Kent providing layouts. Amanda Hendrix rounds out the cast as the editor.

The story opens at the funeral of Adrian Chambers, the patriarch of the chambers family. When a detective spits on Adrian’s grave, his daughter Denise goes after him. She knows that the scumbag knows who killed her father. After the incident, Denise’s partner rushes away to meet his uncle at a bar. Bruce’s uncle takes him into the backroom to meet some of his former co-workers. The disgruntled bunch of former officers have been kicked off the force due to the Chambers family breaking the police vow of silence and squealing on some less than above board dealings. Because the crooked cops see the Chambers family as rats, they figure the best thing to do is get rid of them. They enlist Bruce’s help, whether he’s willing to offer it freely or not is up to him. As the surviving Chambers children find themselves involved in a plot to kill them all, Denise has to figure out who is behind it before she’s the next name checked off the list.

Locher writes a solid introductory issue. We have a nice take on the crooked cops/crime drama genre. Locher peppers in some strong, fleshed-out characters and an interesting female lead into his tale. Things do depend too heavily on exposition at times. Denise and her brother are talking after the funeral and they recount their life’s story. The two rundown things they should know about each other, but it can be forgiven given the context. The siblings talking about their life after the passing of their father works for the most part. Locher gives away who is behind the plot, but he makes it more exciting to see it play out than it is to figure out who did it. Rossi’s art is very slick and clean. The character work is crisp and the background work is very detailed. The only thing you can really point out in the negative column is the tendency to have the plotters in heavy shadows as they say something villainous.

Bottom Line: Locher and company craft an intriguing cop drama in the vein of The Departed and Garth Ennis’ recent Red Team series for Dynamite. There’s a lot here to warrant a return trip. It will be interesting to see how the remaining issues unfold. You can check the book out on comixology by clicking here. 3.5/5

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