Publisher: Image Comics
Release: June 20th 2017
Motor Crush is completely unique and standalone in the comic book world. It’s about a girl named Domino Swift (love the name) that races motorcycles for a living. These races can be legit or more illicit, Swift isn’t terribly picky. Sounds pretty standard right? Well not really, as the prizes are a chemical called Crush – it’s used to give motorcycles a boost. The races themselves a roller derby violent and allow all kinds of weapons on the course.
I really liked Motor Crush – a little bit to my surprise if I’m being honest. It’s fast paced, intense, and full of intrigue. What looked like a fairly simple and straight forward racing comic actually ended up being so much more, so don’t underestimate the series based on the premise (like I almost did).
I’ll admit one of the first things I thought of when I saw the alternate cover (see below) was Bubblegum Crisis. I was sold on the spot! The cover art (both the standard and the alternate) is absolutely stunning, and I’m a total sucker for things like that.
Domino Swift is not like all the other racers, and I’m not just saying that to be cliché. On top of all the other plots going on (racing, mobs/gangs, family issues, etc), we have our own little mystery about who and what Swift is. It adds an additional element to the series, as well as becoming a main focus towards the end of the first volume. I’m curious to see where it leads.
I thought the concept of a drug being used on motorcycles to speed them up was pretty interesting (kind of like a spin on doping horses?). The fact that it’s allowed (I think? Maybe it’s just an accepted thing, while still being against the rules?) but is too expensive for most riders to afford adds a unique twist.
I’m curious to see where Motor Crush leads us; between the mysterious figure and the cliffhanger at the end, I’m not really sure what to expect next. I’m looking forward to the release of volume two!