Comic Book Review: Slots #1

Title: Slots #1
Publisher: Image
Words: Dan Panosian
Art: Dan Panosian
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Publication Date: October 4, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “NEW SERIES You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way. Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging. Roll the dice with superstar artist DAN PANOSIAN as he creates a bold and breathtaking vision of Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.”
Story:

A guy who measures his luck by the amount of diner meals he can successfully run out on is an unlikely hero, but there is something charming about this one. He ends up back in the town that barely welcomes him and tries to do right by an old friend, but it is unclear whether he is capable of being any help at all.

Gritty with a hint of sleaze Slots is a slice of the life of an everyman with some complicated relationships. At this point, it looks like he’ll be pummeled to death before he even comes up with a plan to save his old girlfriend’s establishment.

Writing:

There is more than meets the eyes with each of the main characters and the conflict is abundant. Panosian has populated his world with interesting and entirely believable people. Although they may be deeply flawed they capture attention immediately and are easy to root for.

Artwork:

Splendid and crisp. There is a brilliance in Panosian’s use of perspective, intimate when it needs be, or brooding or majestic as the scene requires. And somehow too, the humor comes through as well.

Bottom Line:

This is a story about real people who make mistakes and probably fail …a lot. That’s good because Slots is as personal and intimate and real as can be.