Police and Thieves Overrun Art Ops #1


Vertigo Comics continues to give creators and artists an avenue to showcase their talents and tell their distinctive tales. The publisher’s latest offering is from Writer Shaun Simon and Artist Mike Allred. To say it’s something completely different would be an understatement. I would almost go as far as to say there are elements that invoke a Grant Morrison influence, which some people will find to be a compliment while others might not.

When rogue figures from famous works of art come to life and escape their frames, it’s up to Reggie Riot and the agents of Art Operatives to track them down before they wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. But Reggie has secrets of his own that may affect his ability to interact with these living works of art--—and he wants no part in the agency his mother ran before him in Art Ops #1.

Issue #1 of Art Ops is suggested for mature readers. It contains violence and gore, profanity, adult situations, and frightening and intense sequences. There’s no nudity to be found. Honestly, it’s rather tame in comparison to other titles published by Vertigo Comics.

Art Ops #1 takes us into a wholly new and unique universe. "Unique" doesn't always mean "good," though. The concept found here is a bot to far-fetched and ridiculous for my tastes. It almost seems like something a child would make up during quiet time if given a pen and paper. Granted, Writer Simon does pour his heart and soul into every piece of dialogue and should be commended for that. I just don't know if I want to re-visit the world he has created on a regular basis.

Art Ops #1 is available now in print.