Last Gang In Town #1 from the Vertigo Imprint of DC Comics -
In England of the late 70s, Alexandria Dixon is a ne'er-do-well from the school of hard knocks - a street tough with a foul mouth, a bad attitude and sticky fingers. Heavy Mannerz is a hardcore punk group whose members do as they please, take what they want, and look for every opportunity to flip the bird at the proper British establishment. These people are all about causing a ruckus, provoking problems and bringing Merrie Olde to its knees. What do these groups have in common? A shadowy, mastermind of the fairer sex who wants to put together the most audacious group of criminal provocateurs and thieves that England has ever seen. Why? 'Cause girls just want to have fun.
This over-the-top, raucous comic was written by Simon Oliver. Oliver tries to capture the wild, uncontainable, uncontrollable punk spirit of the late 70s and early 80s in this crazy comic. He does so by creating characters that are young, feral, and and uninhibited. Rufus Dayglo's art is rowdy. His panels are busy, and his pencils are crazy and cartoony, all the while effectively bringing a heavy punk vibe to this book. This book is not my style - I don't take my freedom as an excuse to screw up other peoples' lives - but the book isn't bad at all. The story is a bit convoluted, and it seems to meander with no real purpose until the very end, but it wasn't unenjoyable. If you're into the punk scene, you won't want to pass on this - Last Gang In Town is a dose of that purely British irreverence that birthed the British Punk era.
RATING: 6 out of 10.
FUN FACT: This comic shares its name with a song by O.G. British Punk Rockers, The Clash:
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