Assassin Nation 1
Written by Kyle Starks
Art by Erica Henderson

Adding a little humor to my pull list is always welcome, and the new book from Image’s Skybound Imprint – Robert Kirkman’s little corner of their comics universe – has comedy in spades. And comedy is always a little funnier when it also involves professional assassins shooting at each other for lots and lots of money.

ASSASSIN NATION introduces us to Chekhov’s Gun, one of the best (retired) assassins in the whole world, now the head of a major crime family. But there have been three attempts on his life, and it’s unnerved him a bit, because his security seems to be useless. So he gathers up the top assassins in the world – there’s a Top 20 ranking that kicks off the book to give a feel of where all these new characters fit in – to protect him. It also gives him an opportunity to figure out who’s trying to take a shot at him.

Of course, the meeting where he makes the offer devolves into a shootout, because of course it does. I wouldn’t expect anything else from a book like this. Plus it culls the herd a bit with all these killers.

I’m a little hesitant to grab new comics these days, because my pull list is pretty long and comics are only getting more expensive, but I’m glad I latched on to this one last week. The writing was sharp, the art was lively and engaging and the story seems like it’s going to be a fun ride. I’m looking forward to seeing where this whole thing goes.