I used to own an issue or two of Empire Lanes. Not sure if I still have them or not.
I'm not even sure if I've ever read them, but based on today's post, would like to. It's amazing to look at someone like Peter Gross and see how far he's come in his craft.
Ok, on to today's pick.
Brat Pack # 1-5 by Rick Veitch
In the city of Slumberg, the masked avengers are lowlifes who terrorize the population and make a mockery of civil rights. But even more despised are their irresponsible teen sidekicks : a “Brat Pack” of bullies, drug abusers, and bulimics who use their “super” status to get their kicks. That is, until leather-masked Doctor Blasphemy decides to wipe them out with a car bomb.
From the acid-tipped pen of Rick Veitch comes this dark, five-part mini-series from King Hell, told with verve and energy in a dramatic palette of gray wash tones. Brutal, compelling and darkly humorous, the Brat Pack practices its credo : “Live fast, love hard, and die with your mask on.”
For anyone who’s been moved by the dark take on their heroes from works such as Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns, many consider this the third leg of that stool. Rick Veitch’s masterpiece that tears the scab off of the whole sidekick phenomenon.