Comic Vine Review


The United States of Murder Inc. #3


When things get bad in this world, they get really bad. Bendis and Oeming's new series continues to heat up.

The Good

Can I start by saying I really like this series? Don't we all love a good mobster story? That's what we have here. This is a slightly different take on things. The mob has a lot more power in this world. With the focus being on one of the families and a young man, Valentine Gallo, who recently became a made man, we're seeing this life isn't always easy. Valentine has found himself in a heap of trouble. Watching this story unfold has been a treat.

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are great storytellers. With each issue, and yes, there's only been three so far, I find myself more and more fascinated with the characters and story. The glimpses of history we get are great. I want to know more about this world. With this just the beginning, I've already found a comfortable chair to sit back and enjoy what I hope will be a long long series.

Oeming's art is great to see. I wouldn't want to see any of these characters drawn by someone else. His layouts and use of shadows to heighten the mood has me hooked. It's alway a bummer when you realize you've reached the final page.

The Bad

I'm having a blast with this series. I'm enjoying that we're getting a different world with a different focus in themes.

The Verdict

THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC is one of my favorite new series this year. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have proven in the past what they can do together. They're doing it again with a fascinating take on the world of mobsters. There's plenty of action, violence, and suspense to be found. This really is a series you'll want to check out. You'll be happy you did.