The Dead Lucky #1 Review

Writer: Melissa Flores

Artist: French Carlomagno

Colorist: Mattia Iacono

Letterer: Becca Carey

Release Date: August 3, 2022

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $3.99

Security in San Francisco has been privatized as the government has pulled out. All out war has broken out between Morrow, a tech company, and The Salvation Gang.  Everyday citizens are being forced from their homes.  And in the middle of all of this, Captain Bibiana Lopez-Yang returns from active duty and struggles with the repercussions of war and the reality of PTSD.  That’s the world that Melissa Flores introduces with The Dead Lucky #1.

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As an introductory issue, The Dead Lucky #1 delivers everything readers will look for at the start of the new series: strong characterizations, action-packed scenes, and a strong foundation to build from.  The strong cast of characters are led by Bibiana as they strive to stay in their homes despite the turmoil and conflict surrounding them and overtaking the neighborhoods of San Francisco.  Through all of this, Flores builds her characters to feel real and multi-dimensional, living and working through their traumas.

As Flores lays the seeds to an exhilarating story, readers get glimpses and teases of the greater narrative.  As the issue comes to a close, Flores hits all the right notes to make readers itching to get their hands on the next issue.  And for those readers that usually skip over the backmatter, don’t skip it this time, it gives a great insight into how this series came to light, especially the character of Bibi.

The Story

Readers will not believe that this is Flores’ debut issue.  Well written and clearly personal, The Dead Lucky #1 doesn’t shy away from tough issues.  From the first scene, readers are shown the reality of PTSD treatment for veterans and how hard it is to readjust to civilian life.  Flores then uses this as an amazing technique at getting the audience up to speed with everything that’s going on in the world as Bibi talks to herself throughout the entire issue.

The Art

Readers will open this issue and immediately love the art presented by French Carlomagno and Mattia Iacono.  Carlomagno’s linework and inks give just the right amount of shading to each and every panel.  The blending of the different neighborhoods with the futuristic designs present in the security forces.  And when it comes to characters, their expressiveness and proportions are completely on point.  When action is implied, it feels natural and works to make the images pop.

Iacono’s use of color helps to pace and emotionalize the issue.  From the calm blues of the therapists office to the bright reds and yellows of Chinatown, each color is chosen with care and fits perfectly into the larger artwork of the book. And finally, a special shout-out to Federico Sabbatini for the design of Bibiana’s suit.  The Mexican influences are obvious and modernized to make an exciting look that readers will be very excited to see more of in the issues to come.

Final Thoughts

An interesting look at hard topics, The Dead Lucky #1 is a great first issue that shows a lot of promise.

10/10

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