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Joe thinks his wife is cheating on him, so he brings a brick and a bat to the motel where her lover awaits, only to stumble into something far worse. In less than 2 hours, a terrorist attack will strike Philadelphia, and unfortunately for Joe, the only person who can stop it is the guy screwing his wife. And now Joe has to help him save the world.

A good crime story should have several twists, but rarely are they all jammed into the first few pages of the story. Of course, that’s just part of the genius behind Breakneck, a hilariously dark adventure, ingeniously realized with all the pettiness, selfishness, insecurity, and insanity you’d expect from the situation. When you factor in Swierczynski’s marvelous penchant for adding colorful details in the most ridiculous ways, you’ve got a recipe for a madcap crime story like you’ve never seen before.

I mean, come on. When’s the last time a save-the-world story involved truth serum, car crashes, hurt feelings, marital therapy, dildos, and the heroes practically killing each other several times over?

Breakneck is the only thriller you’ll ever read where you sometimes forget about the terror plot because the infighting between the characters is arguably more entertaining. The mix of humor, dramatic tension, and realistic touches that ground the story and make the heroes’ lives harder is pitch-perfect, and I can only hope Swierczynski returns to these characters again.

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Author Duane Swierczynski
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 128 pages
Publisher Titan Comics
Publish Date 2019-06-25
ISBN 9781785864612
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Issue October 2019
Category Sequential Art


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