The GeeksverseI.C.E. – Immigration & Customs Enforcement #1 – Advanced Review

I.C.E. – Immigration & Customs Enforcement #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 by

Written by: Doug Wagner
Art by: Jose Holder
Colored by: Michael Wiggam
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Art: Brian Stelfreeze
Editor: Keven Gardner

This originally premiered as part of 12-Gauge’s FCBD offering and now it makes it’s way to the shelf. For those that didn’t read the FCBD issue, I.C.E. is about a special tactical team that stops illegal immigrants. The opening sequance has a group of gunrunners being chased by the local cops and the locals get called off by Cole Matai’s team.

When I first heard the concept and read the FCBD issue I was a little unsure about this series. I didn’t really see a need for a tactical unit of the ICE. Immigration and Customs didn’t seem like the kind of thing that could maintain a series and keep it interesting. And the opening sequance didn’t help because I thought it odd that they would call off the locals and upstage the local cops.

I still have some reservations about the whole idea behind it, but if you just kind of push aside the immigration aspects of it and concentrate on the tactical, think of them as a SWAT unit, then you have the makings of a good comic.

And it does end up being good. Wagner’s script keeps the action moving quickly. We get a good handle on the team members through dialogue. The action keeps moving so there’s no time to step back and identify the team members, so that gets handled through the regular interaction as they perform their jobs.

The team members are interesting. There’s some good interplay between them, from good natured ribbing to one trying to get the other’s job. They work well together and should provide for some interesting stories.

The overall plot is interesting, if a bit odd for an ICE unit, they even comment on how it’s not something they normally handle. Looking at them as another SWAT unit makes the overall concept easier to understand and get a handle on. I think the series would have been better served showing the team in something that is more along what they normally handle. The ICE concept will be hard to latch onto and having their first shown mission as something outside the norm doesn’t help the reader latch onto it.

It’s still a good read and makes a good comic.

The art by Holder is tighter then what he had done in his previous work, R.P.M., and definately has a Stelfreeze vibe to it. The team members are all unique and have their own characteristics so they all stand out in a crowd. This makes it easier to follow the team. He pays attention to the details with alot of tattoos being shown.

He covers the action scenes well, with a good flow and layouts.

I.C.E. #1 receives
4 out of 5

A concept that’s hard to latch onto but still an overall enjoyable book.

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