The Hardways #1
I liked Russell Lissau’s Old Wounds when I read it several years ago (unfortunately, it no longer seems to be available digitally), so he got in touch about his newest project, The Hardways, and sent over a copy of the first issue.
Illustrated by Shawn Richison, it’s the beginning of a five-issue miniseries, a Las Vegas-set caper story, that also launches Double Down Comics. This first issue has the schlubby Maury getting kidnapped after a successful run at the craps table.
I’m not sure whether to recommend it yet, as this installment is all set up. It’s not yet clear what’s going to happen or what kind of story it might be. (Personally, I don’t enjoy works with violence, and there’s a good chance a Vegas story with double-crosses might include that. Nothing wrong if it does, just a mismatch in that case.) Those who are quoted as recommending it seem to have a lot more interest in the setting and the gambling milieu than I do. I’m afraid I never really got the appeal of Las Vegas. If, on the other hand, you’re intrigued by that, you could do worse than to check this out.