"The Cross Bronx" seamlessly mixes police procedure and the supernatural in a story that follows Detective Rafael Aponte as he investigates a mysterious gang slaying that quickly brings him face to face with an unearthly beauty. Taking out her revenge on the city, she challenges Aponte's faith in the law as it clashes with his faith in God - or lack thereof....
|Title||:||The Cross Bronx Volume 1|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Cross Bronx Volume 1 Reviews
the Cross BronxWritten by Michael Avon Oeming and Ivan BrandonArt by Michael Avon OemingSome books are best read in the dark.This is one of em.Three pages in you see that this book is gonna be violent and gruesome.The detectives survey the crime scene from the doorway.In the foreground, closest to your eye, is a head with the jaw blasted off by a shotgun, skin pocked with pellets.-The head belongs to either that big-titted girl in the tight red dress who was blowing joint smoke in the face of some passed out guy, or the girl who was giving a blowjob in the corner.A cross dangles from a chain around her grey lifeless neck.Michael Avon Oeming's art is so simplistic that the detail and attention he gives to splattered brains makes the violent scenes that much more jarring.The center of this comic is a well told detective story, that comes alive inside New York City. The dynamic between Detective Rafael Aponte and his wife connects genuinely. His failures and sincere desire to do the right thing and make the world a better place builds the foundation of our sympathy for him. Maybe if this were an ordinary case, he'd have a chance, but this one is beyond the control of human beings, something otherworldly is involved.Rife with patron saints, incense, and holy crosses, Cross Bronx builds a religious atmosphere akin to the Exorcist. Upon first sight of Mrs. Ortiz, her red bloodshot eyes, candles and soft light shading her face as she opens the door, wrinkled lips whispering to the detective..."enter", a little shiver went down my spine.Through the rest of the book, I could feel the little shiver, a flutter, somewhere deep, like the moths that appear throughout the book, to signal unholy retribution.The only problem with Cross Bronx is that it was a limited Series. Though the story is so well told, and paced, that it certainly doesn't feel too short. I guess I need to read Oeming's more famous work- "Powers". I'd never heard of Ivan Brandon before, definitely one to check out.I don't know what kind of extras were included in the Collected Edition, as I read the individual comics of this series, but the alternate covers by Esad Ribic (Issue 1), Ashley Wood (Issue 3), and David Mack (Issue 4), as well as the pin-ups in issue 4 by Francesco Francavilla, and Eric Nguyen are fantastic additions to the mythos of this excellent comic book.To any reader who likes well told crime stories, Cross Bronx should be purchased immediately. The original comics are $1.10 a piece at mycomicshop.com, the trade paperback is $7.20. I highly recommend this book.
Good art, great urban setting, some convincing characters. It's kind of like if commissioner Gordon got his own book, but it was set in something closer to the real NYC than Gotham.
Short! Left me wanting more so I guess that's good. Would like to see more story lines with Rafael Aponte and the Cross Bronx.