Title: Crude #2
Script: Steve Orlando
Art: Garry Brown
Publication Date: May 16th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The refinery city of Blackstone is the new Russian frontier, stinking of oil, but offering money and sexual freedom to those brave enough to live there. Piotr Petrovich has come for revenge, to hunt his son’s killer. But what he finds is the most brutal fight of his life.
Crude is a story of blood and oil, a story of revenge and regret, a story of a father and a son and the divide that left them indefinitely separated. In hopes of finally bridging this gap, father Piotr Petrovich ventures to the refinery city Blackstone looking for answers to the questions that linger in the wake of his son’s death, and once there, he finds himself in the midst of a deadly turf war.
Two issues in and writer Steve Orlando is continuing to add pieces to this puzzle by introducing additional characters and details to an already rich and emotionally intense story. The additions made are all fine, and as far as I can tell, work to add additional depth to the story while also creating the potential for more danger and excitement. I was hoping to learn more about Piotr Petrovich and his son’s past in this issue, but Orlando remained in present throughout the book. Despite wanting to know more, proper pacing and progression of plot are paramount, and thus, I appreciate the work that Orlando is doing here.
Artist Garry Brown adds a great deal of intensity to this series with fluid illustrations that propel scenes forward with great energy. And while I wouldn’t call Brown’s style highly-detailed, he manages to focus in on, and further develop and highlight, the details that matter most to readers. His hits are hard and his expressions are, well, expressive.
The Bottom Line:
Crude is a blood and oil-soaked tale of revenge and regret, and here, in its second issue, as additional players are introduced to this deadly game, the series takes off. This story is still developing and readers are still being introduced to major characters and important plot points, but Orlando is pacing this series very well, and thanks to this pacing, Crude continues to entertain.