Steve and Mabel are outlaws. They make a living by driving across the country and robbing banks while in different disguises. Mac is a police officer who was just transferred to a location where, coincidentally, Steve and Mabel are making their next robbery. Once Mac and Mabel lock eyes, they both know it’s love. But there’s a code to live by in the street. If someone kills your partner-in-crime, you kill them…
James Robinson (Justice Society of America, Starman, Airboy) has a really smooth writing style that lends a fair hand to the pacing and progression of his stories. Grand Passion is no exception to that talent. There is a lot of narration in this issue, which sounds like it’s coming from a bystander of some sort. I’m actually really curious as to who the narrator is, but I’m sure Robinson is going to keep us guessing for a while—which isn’t a bad thing at all.
The story takes place in Vermont, and we can tell. Robinson’s writing is so precise that he writes his characters with accents. It really adds to the time and place setting. Therefore, the entire storyline comes off as a lot more believable.
The characterization in this issue isn’t fully fleshed out, but it is pretty apparent. Steve is all about the crime and money. Mabel is mostly the smart one. Mac is the outsider of the town, and therefore is pretty lonely. It doesn’t help that his partner just died in a shootout with Mabel and Steve, either. But I have a feeling his loneliness is about to change.
The pacing of this issue is also heavily dependent on Tom Feister’s illustrations and panel layout. The panels go from half a page to one square inch. The smaller panels go by a lot quicker, and allow the pacing to speed up at times. This is also a great way to keep us interested. The eye always has something to look at and a clear direction to follow. David Curiel’s realistic colors help readers to imagine this story in the real world, which makes it even more enjoyable.
This is the start to what I expect will be a series no less than enthralling. The creative team on this story has done a great job thus far, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us. As of now, yeah, Mabel wants to kill Mac, but I’m really rooting for their nonexistent relationship. We’ll just have to keep reading to see what happens!
Written by: James Robinson
Illustrated by: Tom Feister