This week, it’s a case of being late to the party as we check out Rammur #1, which just finished its indiegogo campaign. This comic, created by Charles Santino and friends, follows a technologically advanced thief in a techno-fascist police state. But is this comic truly a steal that’s worth doing time for?
Publisher: Markosia Enterprises
Writer: Charles Santino
Artist: Paulo Pères, Marco Perugini, Carlos Aon, (art), Kurt Hathaway (letters)
Price: $2.99 on DriveThru Comics
Rammur tells the stories of the eponymous anti-hero, a master thief who operates to the utmost professionalism within a police state. While in the midst of a job to obtain a valuable piece of art, Rammur finds his equipment damaged during a standoff with two former colleagues. However, it’s in the repairs of that equipment where Rammur finds his most dangerous enemy. Meanwhile, after discussing a possible new job with like minded individuals, Rammur finds himself followed. Has he been caught by the authorities or is this a more sinister party? Also, telling tales from the Police State, a young woman finds herself taking the fall for her supervisor’s incompetence, while another finds an altercation with officers over curfew takes a deadly turn.
Charles Santino has written an engrossing series of stories with this new anthology title. The biggest highlight is without a doubt the main character, as Rammur emits this Captain Cold/Sam Fisher/Agent 47-esque amalgam with his depiction of a cold, calculating loner. However, Rammur himself is not the only draw as Santino brings a really fleshed out world surrounding him to the table. With ruthless cops, untrustworthy crooks and events as dark and brutal as both, the world comes off as very Firefly-esque, with Rammur as a very singular Serenity.
While the character and world emit a superb level of interest, the character of Rammur does offer hints of chauvinism that are a little off putting. That said, two shorts is hardly enough time to tell and this could be down to the character’s colder personality whereby he (seemingly) doesn’t like anyone.
Meanwhile, the art team of Paulo Peres, Marco Perugini and Carlos Aon provide some solidly gorgeous work in this issue. In relation to the Rammur centric issues, Pères and Perigini offer up consistently similar styles that are reminiscent of Hero 9-5, Batman Beyond, Powers, and even Edison Rex. Meanwhile, although not providing a similar style, Carlos Aon’s slightly harsher and gritty style for … works well to imply the brutality outside of society while Marco Perugini also shows the advancement of society with a seemingly Star Trek inspired transport.
Rammur #1 is a very enjoyable and engrossing first issue, which is well written, contains terrific world-building and looks absolutely gorgeous. This shows that the series has heaps of potential and anything less than checking it out would certainly be criminal.