Review: Doberman #1
Frank Doberman was the greatest detective of his era with the fastest car, biggest gun, and longest… um… arrest record. But after a drug bust went horribly wrong, Doberman disappeared, seeking solace in Mother Nature. Now lured back to the Force by the promise of vengeance, and an ice-cold six-pack, Doberman has to deal with a new age of computers, regulations, and an uber-villain whom the world seems to believe has changed his ways.
Darby Pop kicks off a new series this week with Doberman #1. The story is from the writers of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Scott Marder, Rob Rosell, and Jack Lambert. Brandon McKinney handles pencils and inks with Zac Atkinson providing colors. Troy Peteri rounds things out with lettering. Darby Pop has been putting out some great books with IDW, but is Doberman another great addition to their expanding library?
Frank “The Doberman” Doberano is a hotshot cop with an attitude. He likes his beer cold and his women hot. He also really likes pretzel sticks. After foiling a convenience store robbery in a way only a hotshot cop from the 80s can, Doberman catches up with his partner and the other cops in the locker room. After work they knock back some cold ones when word comes in that the villainous Kane is taking part in a big drug transition that night. When Doberman and his partner Hawk go in headstrong and half-cocked, things don’t go so well. What will Doberman do after the biggest mistake in his career? Can anything pull him out of the dark room of regret and despair in which he has holed himself up?
Marder, Rosell, and Lambert write a fast-paced and fun story. This is a full-on 80s action cop movie with all the associated clichés. The writing team send up all those 80s action flicks in style and pull them all together to form our hero, Doberman. He’s Mel Gibson from Lethal Weapon with a big dash of Kurt Russell. He’s cool and he doesn’t play by the rules. Following along with the movie analogy, this first issue is the title sequence. The ending sets up what we’ll see for the remainder of the series and that indicates some big changes and something very fresh. McKinney’s pencils and inks play up the 80s theme well. Doberman is fast, his car is faster, and he fights with style. McKinney just has a smooth presentation which makes it all the more fun. Atkinson’s colors are vibrant and full. There are a lot of blues which makes the book look as cool as it reads.
Bottom Line: Doberman is another hit for Darby Pop. This is a fun and funny story with just the right amount of heart. This first issue serves as a quick introduction, and I for one can’t wait to see what happens next. 4/5
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