Cross Bronx #1

September 25, 2006 | Comics


Cross Bronx #1, 2 (of 4)
Michael Avon Oeming & Ivan Brandon
Image Comics
$3.35/$2.99 US
**** (out of five)

Rafael Aponte is having a crisis of faith.
It’s not that his faith in God is gone, he lost that ages ago having seen the darkness of humanity firsthand as a New York City police detective.
What’s troubling Rafael now is his faith in himself and in his own sanity.
After getting called in to investigate the brutal slaughter of a bunch of gangbangers, Rafael and his partner Tico Velez locate the murder weapon and track it back to a long dead cop. When they track down the cop’s widow, Rafael discovers that she has suffered another family trauma. Her daughter, 19-year-old Marta Ortiz, was drugged, raped and hurled from a moving car out onto the Cross Bronx Expressway. Marta is now comatose and paraplegic, while her mother is cagey and appears to be dabbling with black magic.
Meanwhile, the same killer — revealed to be an athletic young woman — guns down another group of gangbangers and in turn nearly gets Rafael and Tico killed.
Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Thor) and Ivan Brandon (NYC Mech, Ruule) weave a complex and compelling crime story together with characters of substance and come out with a superb miniseries.

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