Comic Book Reviews - Jack Hammer: Political Science Review

Created on April 22, 2012 and written by
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Jack Hammer: Political Science

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Action Lab
Publisher Website:

Writer: Brandon Barrows
Pencils: Ionic
Number of Pages: 98
Price: 15.95
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a penchant for sticking his nose into other people’s problems.

When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles onto a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress itself, and the trail takes him back into a world he left behind…

Murder, mystery, superhuman beings and so much more can be found in Jack Hammer: Political Science. The independent comic series by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic receives its first ever completed collected edition, courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment.

Jack Hammer: Political Science is now available for pre-order (Diamond Order Code APR120744) with a June 2012 release in comic book shops, and will also be available via Graphicly, Comics Plus (iVerse), Kindle, Kobo, Nook, the Apple Bookstore, Google Books and additional digital distribution outlets.

Reviewer’s Comments:
A prime example of why comic fans should be spending some time looking for indie books. Jack Hammer: Political Science, is on par with all but the very best titles we’ve seen from The Big Two in the last couple of decades. The cast is very well rounded and you not only get to know these characters quickly, but they feel firmly established beyond what most creators, comics or otherwise, can generally pull off so early in a story. Brilliant writing by Mr. Barrows. You couldn’t ask for anything more in terms of his pacing and characterization.

Now, anyone who has ever talked comics with me knows that I love artwork that looks like it was drawn. Anytime I can look at something on the page and think “Well, that was clearly done by a pencil” I get downright giddy. I have nothing against the admittedly amazing things that people can do with a computer these days, but, in my opinion, quality artwork takes a backseat to lighting and coloring effects that weren’t possible 10-15 years ago a bit too often. In this book a more simplistic approach was taken after the ink settled, relying more on good ol’ fashioned quality artwork. If that was a product of low funds, I hope these guys keep working on a ramen noodle budget for quite awhile. Ionic’s work is something I could easily get used to seeing more and more of.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Tommy, if you loved it that much, why a 4? Why not a 5 you evil, loathing, poodle-kicker!” First of all, I’ve kicked ONE poodle. Second of all, I think to give a 1 is to say the comic had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and to give a 5 is to say I found not a single thing which could have possibly been done better. Honestly, if I were to have reviewed this title issue by issue, the four collected in this trade would have gotten two 4’s and two 5’s. That’s far from a harsh judgment! I do feel the mystery could have been a little bit thicker, once you met a character it was kind of clear where they stood in the grand scheme of things. Also, There was one point where Jack just kind of stood around as something terrible happened to a victim he could have possibly saved and that felt a bit out of character to me.

Final word: When this baby comes out in June, check it out. Look up more online and pre-order the dang thing. If your local shops aren’t carrying it, special order it. I know, I’m really pushing it on you here, but not without good reason. If this title does well, it stands to reason that more issues will be made. And, damn it, I want to read more Jack Hammer!


3 Responses to “Jack Hammer: Political Science”

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    Action Lab Ent. (@ActionLab):

    04-22-2012 10:08 am

    Fanboy Buzz reviews “Jack Hammer: Political Science:” #creatorownedcomics


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    Chad Silbaugh:

    04-22-2012 3:59 pm

    “When this baby comes out in June, check it out.”

    Because of your review Tommy, I will do just that.


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    (@tommyhancock) (@tommyhancock):

    04-22-2012 4:16 pm A review I wrote on a comic called Jack Hammer: Political Science. Twas a fantastic read. Check it out folks!


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