by Ryan Ferrier and Matias Bergara
An all new writer comes on board, just in time to rejuvenate the title.
SAMCRO needs more hands on deck while Bobby is in Stockton, and his nephew arrives in town to join the Club. “Spunky” Munson proves to be a capable, if overzealous, prospect for SAMCRO. Juice is chosen as his sponsor, and has trouble keeping the reins on him. At the same time, Jax Teller and Alverez are working together on a business opportunity with a third party. Spunky is told several times to be cool, but causes a scene then steals Mayan money before running off. Jax orders Juice and Tig to “take care of it”, but the damage is done and the Mayans will be wanting their money back.
I want to say this takes place sometime around Season 5 or 6, after Jax has become President of SAMCRO and solidified a business relationship with the Mayans and 49ers. The jump in story time is confusing, but does keep the series’ status quo from feeling stale.
Ryan Ferrier delivers a solid first issue, aside from the Happy one-shot this book has felt like a pale imitation of its license. Ferrier’s story feels like a natural extension of the show, and not just by adding more swearing and the stronger secondary characters. The cast, aside from Juice, feel true and act like you would expect. The tone works and captures the brutality of the show.
I’m pleased to know that the artist of the previous issue is still here and that he drew 8 other issues for the series which almost makes me want to grab them. Aside from Juice wearing sunglasses and Alverez being a foot shorter than Jax, I enjoyed Bergara’s art. It felt looser here, but worked well for the action scenes.
This is the kind of quality I expect from a Sons of Anarchy comic; a grungy tale of outlaw bikers, violent sociopaths, savvy businessmen, and sex workers trying to get by. But it’s not enough to just add those elements to the book, I have to care about the characters as well. Thankfully, Ferrier and Bergara seem to almost have this down. I’m looking forward to next month and seeing where this story goes.
Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent