Written by Joe Casey
Art & Letters by Jim Mahfood
Colors by Justin Stewart
Published by IDW/Lion Forge
Release Date: 03/24/2015
“Return of the Living Eighties”
So this is a thing. The popular crime drama that almost everyone stayed home to watch on a Friday night during the eighties makes its way to a graphic novel. Out this week from writer Joe Casey (The Bounce) and Jim Mahfood (Stupid Comics) comes Miami Vice: Remix #1.
This first issue is really busy with a multitude of action sequences and plot development. Casey wastes little time catapulting us into this reimagining of the classic detective series. The story seems familiar at first, although modeled for more recent times. We see everything you might expect from a Miami Vice comic book, for instance we have fast cars, loose women, gun play, and an engaging storyline. What’s new is a more vulgar and uncensored look at these familiar characters in Crockett, Tubbs, and Castillo. It is raw, violent, and sexy. This is Miami Vice on HBO.
The artwork combined with Casey’s script, gives these familiar characters a different look and feel. Mahfood lends his animated artistic style, giving the book a sort of surreal emphasis that really works well. Justin Stewart (Freelancers) on colors impressively captures and compliments the atmosphere of each scene, with the shades going from bright to dark when they need to.
So what is this series about? Without spoiling too much, just know that in the midst of an undercover operation, Crockett and Tubbs decide they must increase their street rep by leading a large convoy of Miami Dade County police officers on a high-speed chase. Bailed out by one their apparent targets, the detectives continue to position themselves deeper in the organized crime underworld, only to discover that there is a new drug out there that seems to be zombifying people.
Okay, so maybe I did spoil it just a little, but I couldn’t resist! This first issue was well written, with insane illustrations and colors. If you enjoyed the hit television series in the eighties, then you will surely enjoy revisiting these classic characters. If you never watched the show or weren’t alive in the eighties, there is still plenty here to enjoy and it’s well worth the read!
REVIEW: MIAMI VICE: REMIX #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)