THE KITCHEN #1 Review

First off let me say I’m mainly a superhero and sci-fi fan. I eat that stuff up. But I do like to stray from the beaten path too. This week on Wednesday, I browsed the weekly books on comiXology to see what was being released. I grabbed my regular books from Marvel, DC and Image, but then something caught my eye. So I checked the description for the book and was intrigued by The Kitchen #1 from Vertigo.

Set in New York City, in the late 1970s, the world of The Kitchen sounded pretty interesting. In The Kitchen #1 the Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, doing the dirt work for the Italian Mob. One crew led by Jimmy Brennan are some of the hardest and meanest around, but when they are arrested and sentenced to prison, where does that leave their wives? Well Kath, Raven and Angie — decide to keep running their rackets. But as we see in this first issue it won’t be easy.

The Kitchen #1 is written by talented newcomer Ollie Masters with some fantastic art provided by Ming Doyle (Mara), under a great cover by Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Killjoys, Demo). Together these two bring a sense of this “only the strong survive” type world from a long ago era. Just in the first issue we are thrust into this seedy underworld that is largely dominated by rough men, but now these women must show their worth and not take no for an answer.

This is an 8-issue limited series and with DC sticking to the $2.99 price tag (for now), I’m pretty sure I will be sticking this one out to see how these ladies handle themselves and their new paths in life.

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