Pigs (TPB) by Image Comics – I Found the Hero

Pigs from Image Comics

Pigs from Image Comics

While I had mixed feelings about the first issue of Pigs, I did order the trade through Previews. I’m glad I did. I glanced at the book at dinner before getting home and found myself several chapters in before the food hit the table. Within the hour, I had finished the entire book. It’s a swift read but I was also compelled to finish it. Part of my interest in finishing the book was the creators’ decision to not even introduce the “hero” or protagonist or sympathetic character until the second chapter – knowing the “villains” first made me desire to know more about their counterpoint but I also felt compelled to keep reading by the ensuing actions of all the characters.

So what do the characters in Pigs do? They’re the kids of a KGB squad that was planted 50 years ago in Cuba. And now, they’re stepping up to fulfill their parent’s legacy – destroy the United States. The story is told in a series of bi-leveled flashbacks starting in the offices of law enforcement looking back on the events leading up to contemporary time where the main mystery is set: who cut off the president’s arm? The second level of flashbacks happens through the eyes of the main sympathetic character who, as he is “recruited” by his friends, reflects back on his extremely difficult youth, being raised by his father, the very harsh leader of his embedded group.

So what’s bad about the book? Not a whole lot – the only thing that kind of annoys me is a couple of covers that appear in the trade as placeholders for the chapters. Not the swastika cover which appears on a later issue but the gratuitous female forms. There’s just no need for them – there’s no sex or sexuality in the book and these covers only serve to “catch eyes” on shelves – the book could have more legitimately done that with interestingly artistic covers (which it does with Jock’s works) or the already present ultra-violence that actually does make an appearance between the covers of the books. Even with bad covers, I’ll keep reading the book.

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