Title: Dead Rabbit #12
Words: Gerry Duggan
Art: John McCrea
Colors: Mike Spicer
Published: November 7, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: With his wife’s medical bills piling up, Martin Dobbs is forced back into his Dead Rabbit mask. Rabbit loves to do crimes and get paid, and the first step to financial solvency is getting his crew back together. Rabbit’s Wheelman makes a costly mistake and the job doesn’t go quite as planned in mirror of a real-life incident that nearly killed the writer off in Boston in 1994. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you money, is what I always say.
The first one is always free, and a taste is never enough; it should come as no surprise that Martin Dobbs is back in the game after slipping on his Dead Rabbit mask last issue, and the shit is already getting deep. Regardless of why Rabbit is back t his old tricks, he is, and from the look of it, he’s enjoying himself. With the continued failure of his wife’s health, Martin Dobbs has no choice but to go back to robbing full-time. and while his wife’s decline is disheartening, it makes for a good story.
Gerry Duggan is crafting a character-driven tale here that moves at an impressive pace as it continues to generate momentum. In Issue #2, Duggan not only further justifies Dobbs’ reasoning for returning to crime, but he also further expands the Dead Rabbit mythos. Throughout this further development, Duggan manages to entertain and excite.
Yet again, John McCrea’s artwork is impressive and complements Duggan’s script. McCrea excels in constructing scenes in ways that pull readers in and allow them to feel the hard-hits, smell the burning rubber, and shudder from the sounds of breaking glass.
The Bottom Line:
Another impressive issue, Dead Rabbit #2 continues to develop, creating tension and excitement, and generating momentum as the Martin Dobbs story progresses.