In Review: John Wick #1

Learn how John Wick became the Baba Yaga.

Synopsis: When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guide their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga?

Review: When I saw that Dynamite was doing a prequel story to the John Wick films. I just had to have at it. Written by Greg Pak with some stunning art from Giovanni Valletta. This first issue introduces us to a young John Wick who is fresh out of jail.

Wick is freelance and currently has no affiliation with the mysterious guild of assassins that he was a part of in the movies. Though we do get a little bit of an introduction to them toward the end of this first issue when Wick meets Charon.

This first issue lays some pretty solid foundations for the story to come. We even get a flashback to Wick’s childhood where he rips off some local gang.

The visuals are stunning and the economy of dialogue that Wick is known for in the films is every bit present here as well as the characters love of animals, but instead of a dog. He has a cat as his animal companion here.

Artist Giovanni Valletta has gotten a pretty likeness of Keanu Reeves going on for his drawing of Wick and he has Charon pretty good as well. But the likenesses go out the window a little bit when we see the characters in action, which is to be expected given that the action is visceral and fast.

Overall. This is a very entertaining first issue, which lays some solid foundations for what is to come, which will likely be Wick being hunted by the Guild for his freelancing ways.

John Wick #1
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