Commerce Cover Review: Lowlifes – Bounding Into Comics

When I got a copy of Lowlifes Trade paperback, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I got was an amusing crime story that gave me a slow burn at first, but ended up wanting more.

[easyazon_link identifier=”1684053765″ locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Lowlife[/easyazon_link] It is the story of several people in Los Angeles who are linked to one criminal in one way or another. You have a dirty cop who doesn’t want to be, an underground fighter and a drug addict. This may sound trite, but it’s all woven into a powerful story of life, death, morals, and relationships.


Brian Buccellato achieves something rare in storytelling at Lowlifes Vol. 1. It makes you relate to the characters and hate the things they do at the same time. His players in this story seem to be real the way the people in a HBO documentary act, which means there’s very little beauty about them, but they’re so compelling that you can’t look away.

The story is complemented by the extraordinary art of Alexis Sentinac. The people in this story look like they are in real emotional and physical pain when the story calls for it, and the plain backgrounds (houses, interiors, etc.) The photo was something to be proud of.


In addition to the first four issues of the series, the back of the trade contains a sketchbook and interviews as well as a cover gallery. It’s a great amount of additional content and adds to the overall look of the book. Creator interviews give some good ideas as well, and while I usually ignore these kinds of things, I found myself really interested in what the author and artist had to add.


All things considered, [easyazon_link identifier=”1684053765″ locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Lowlife[/easyazon_link] It is a very good book. I’ve read some of Buccellato’s work before but after reading this I intend to check out any of the books his creator has from now on. His work on Flash and Detective is good, but like Jeff Lemire, I believe his true talent will continue to thrive with the universes he creates solely for his own stories. I have strongly appealed to this book, and I suggest that you take the time to read it in its entirety, in one sitting.

Commerce Cover Review: Lowlifes


  • The art fits the story very well
  • Characters are easy to relate to
  • Solid cliffhanger end


  • It starts a little slow
  • Better reads per trade (only con if you hate waiting for a trade)

9Final total

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