Hit #1



Comic series


Release date

September 4, 2013
Hit #1 is a pretty gritty book that deals in danger. The duo of Carlson and Del Rey work very well together, with the art speeding up the methodical pace of the script. The first issue definitely leaves the reader intrigued as to what will happen next. Slater makes his living on his own rules, but the ending reminds the reader that rules can change in an instant. This is a book that has a noir sensibility to it that is definitely worth checking out.
2 out of 5 stars
I think there is potential in this book, but there are small changes that would help the reader make sense of the story. I also wonder if this book would be better told in a graphic novel format, as after the first issue, the reader is not left with a lot of reasons to like any of the characters, or even to root for them. Maybe that will improve with time.
5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes you just need a meat-and-potatoes detective pulp story to just immerse yourself into, and Hit! is perfect for that. Everything including the faux newspaper articles in the front and classic looking ads in back of the book are fun to read and give you more of that 50′s vibe. When it comes down to it I honestly don’t know what else anyone could ask of a noir detective mystery. After this issue the table is set for a wild ride that you better believe the next three issues will deliver.
5 out of 5
After a read-through, I can say that Hit #1 is a refreshingly unique story that any fan of dark crime/drama owe themselves to check out.
4.5 out of 5 stars
The issue seals the deal with imagery of inky blinds straining to hold back the bursting rays of sunshine in Captain Blair's office. That single visual is all this comic needs to earn its stripes and really sell the simpler time, defined by secret handshakes and untraced phone calls. Slater is an interesting, flawed, human character caught in the middle of one plot as another is falling apart around him. "Hit" #1 is a strong read that needs to find some more eyeballs to dazzle. Do yourself a favor; take a break from empty, unrewarding events and their disappointing tie-ins and soak in some noir action.
Hit #1 by BOOM! Studios is everything you’d want in a archetypal noir – classic German Expressionist framing, with hardboiled crime fiction and a dame to kill/die for.
8.5 out of 10
“Hit” is noirish done right. The art looks great, the narration rings true, and the plot goes in the darkest of directions. And while, as a story, it might not constitute a new twist or experimentation on the tropes of noir, it doesn’t pretend toward doing so anyway. Rather, “Hit” gets at the heart of what makes noir so compelling, and plays out the formula in all its glory.
8 out of 10
Hit #1 is a dense story with some great twists that will appeal any noir crime fan.