Collecting the high-octane 5-issue miniseries! In their prime, Able "Speed" Monroe and Ichabod McQueen were couriers capable of ferrying anything, anywhere, anytime. Now almost obsolete, they're called out of retirement to deliver some very dangerous cargo for a dead President. If only they knew what is was - and why everyone else wants to kill them for it....
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The Highwaymen Reviews
This is a straight male bff-in-denial testosterone-filled camaraderie fest. As in they totally are best friends but are too straight to admit any such thing. Well. Unless being chased by rockets, death cyborgs and getting shot at by armies of special agents and/or militias.Maybe. Sort of. At least one of them is. I'm a total sucker for this type of thing.Able Monroe, the big, black American dude in dark clothes is the driver. Alistair McQueen, the schwei white British dude with white hair in white clothing is the fancy pistol toting fancy. They are both old and cranky as hell. McQueen is Monroe's straight bitchy wife, and Monroe is still wondering why he can't get rid of him. The entire situation adds up to a strangely sweet subplot of injured relations and History that I almost found more interesting than the actual main story. At least until the bullets started raining again, and I was happily flipping pages to see McQueen do something pretty and stylish, and Monroe manfully doing manly things to the bad guys with his very kick ass car.Plot redux: There are evil shenanigans afoot which trigger the dead ex-President Clinton to posthumously reactivate and send his two special enforcers out into the field for one last mission. They're aging, but they still manage to kick ass -- even compared to the young'uns half their age. Things explode and people die.Pros: Fun, lightly entertaining. Lots and lots and lots of action. Lots of it. The interaction between the leads are great. I love the reactions of one of the female characters, which strikes me as very realistic considering her situation. Fun characters with really interesting relationships and sly banter. New characters in a new story that isn't about superheroes. (There needs to be more of those.) There is a black guy lead that isn't all gangstery. He's tough, but like ex-military, rather than hoodlum. They are not young. How many new titles launch old people as the lead characters? I can only name one other. For some reason I find their names amusing.Cons: While this story isn't exactly literature to begin with, there were a couple small issues (Why is the black guy the driver? Monroe's an awesomely badass straight man to McQueen's shiny and deliberately oblivious...fanciness. And they are obviously playing off of very specific cliches, but still. If McQueen weren't so obviously dependent and attached to Monroe, I'd have thought even more about it-- it seems Monroe is meant to be more than just the physical support to McQueen. He isn't just the driver and McQueen doesn't at all see himself above his partner, so after a slight mental ping, I let it go. The art is decent, but a bit gummy for my tastes-- and also almost/slightly too in-your-face graphic. Though, it's helped by the blurring at the most graphic parts so it tends to be less visible than it could be and bearable.Fav scene: When the two get separated from each other, and during a hailstorm of bullets, meet back again-- Monroe is spitting nails about McQueen. McQueen, with perfect timing, turns around and glows at Monroe, which prompts more bitching.This 5 part miniseries was apparently not canceled like the rumors say, but I'm not certain when the next story/installment will come out as it apparently did sort of mediocre. I had a great time, though, and am worried/wondering what will happen with those two in the future. It ended on a small bit of a cliffhanger.
This book is nothing more than a typical buddy action movie in comic form; a touch of sci-fi, a dash of government conspiracies, a kick ass car, an old person used as a projectile weapon, clever one-liners, gratuitous violence and lots of very cool action scenes. It definitely doesn't push borders or explore new ground or combine genres in interesting and different ways. It stays firmly within the action genre, and does a very good job of telling an enjoyable story about two former special agents called back into duty for one last job.
It's a buddy action movie, only on the page. The story, dialogue, and characters are all fine for the genre, but I wish this book, and these creators, did something to make this idea fit into the comic book medium.
Lethal Weapon meets The Transporter. Two retired sixty-something agents--who specialize in...well, vehicular combat--are tasked with tracking down a college student on spring break in Mexico and delivering her to the CDC. A rogue intelligence agency sends waves of hitmen to kill them. Car chases, witty banter, gunfights, snarky one-liners, and badass stunts follow in abundance.They do some pretty cool things with the art. Deep focus, blurred elements to denote speed, good clear action.I just reread this for the 2nd time and realized that I retained not a single plot point from the first. It's not memorable. But for such a brief time investment (it was canceled after five issues) that's okay. The Highwaymen isn't challenging but it is fun.
An homage to interracial cop-buddy action flicks of yore, complete with bullfight showdown, bionic evil dude with a solitary red X-Ray eye, New Orleans as corporate theme park, and a buxom heroine in a jumpsuit who is innocent of her status as biological weapon. This is a real page turner, and as usual the gruff "buddy" element is really a love story between two brave straight dudes. Lots of great visuals from Lee Garbett too -- I imagine it's actually pretty tough to convey the suspense and excitement of sitting in a car that's just fallen out the back of a high-altitude airplane -- he nails it. Including the crumpled aftermath.
Something of a sleeper series, this mini-series is a the best action-spy-thriller Hollywood hasn't made. Quips are exchanged, plots are twisted and many things either go boom or get shot or stabbed. I almost feel like saying too much else gives it away. But, yes, it's so good it makes me want to kick Michael Bay in the throat. Again.
A very entertaining read. Well-written dialogues and matching art. It certainly won't make you any wiser but if you read the synopsis and took it anyway, you won't regret it - you are in for half an hour of action packed fun.