Violent Love Volume 1Author: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Victor Santos
Publisher: Image Comics
Review Spoilers: Mild

Violent Love is a visually stunning, beautifully written, and gritty comic that centers around Daisy Jane and her quest for revenge against the gangster who killed her father and left her for dead.

Framed as a story told to Penny by Mr. Lou, a retired lawman, Daisy Jane’s story explains how a tragedy and a thirst for revenge leads people to become something they never expected themselves to be. Mr. Lou tells Penny about the unusual and violent love that Daisy finds in Rock Bradley, making them a modern day Bonnie and Clyde.

The first volume collects the first four issues of the series thus far, and it is a wild ride from beginning to end, leaving the reader on a cliff hanger desiring to find out more. Barbiere and Santos don’t shy away from portraying both the dangerous and violent aspects of crime life and also do well in not glamorizing the criminal lifestyle either. The art in this series utilizes a vast array of colors that make it seem like a water color rendering that almost seems a bit abstract at times. 

This comic series is definitely not for younger readers as it is both graphic in the sense of violence and does not shy away from nudity and prominent adult themes of murder, robbery, and revenge.

I am looking forward to the next volume, as I can not wait to see how the rest of this story unfolds. This story is not a happy one, and that much is evident from the beginning of the comic, but it is filled with enough twists that keep the plot and the story from being a stale and overused trope.

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