Thursday, October 10, 2013

R.I.P.D. Volume 1 by Peter Lenkov - Book Review

From the publisher: Welcome to the Rest In Peace Department—the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement. Nick Cruz was gunned down in the line of duty at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he's traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at solving his own murder. Collects the original four-issue miniseries.
* The original tale of Nick Cruz and Roy Powell that introduced the wild world of the R.I.P.D.!

R.I.P.D. (the Rest in Peace Department) is a neat story by Peter Lenkov.  It actually served as the basis for the recent movie of the same name.

The concept of cops killed in the line of duty going to work for God in the afterlife is a creative jumping off point for what could be a bunch of fun stories.  This particular volume introduces the concept, and cop Nick Cruz is our guide as the reader is introduced to the R.I.P.D. In the grand tradition of buddy stories, Nick is partnered with Roy Powell, a cowboy/sheriff who is days away from his retirement.  Roy has served for nearly a century and his last case before going to heaven is to help Nick solve his own murder.

This is a fun story for what it is: a buddy movie in comic book form.  It's very entertaining and I look forward to finding out more about the R.I.P.D.

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