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His mother, however, is not your average working parent. She s the head of a secret organization called Art Ops, whose mission is protecting the artistic treasures of the world which have a lot more life in them than a casual observer might realize.
Reggie has always shunned his mom s high-culture scene, but a devastating encounter with the shadowy forces menacing the world s masterpieces has left him with a permanent expression of the chaotic power of art flowing through his very veins.
So when Art Ops itself suddenly vanishes without a trace, leaving its final rescue "La Gioconda," the Mona Lisa herself out in the cold, it s up to Reggie and his motley crew including a masked super-powered operative who writes sitcom scripts on spec, a girls-just-wanna-have-fun 80s music-video icon, and a suburban clerk from a mall-punk clothing chain to come to the rescue.
But do they have what it takes to stand up to the dark side of human creativity?
From writer Shaun Simon (co-author of "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" with My Chemical Romance s Gerard Way) and artists Michael Allred (co-creator of iZOMBIE) and Matt Brundage ("The Spirit: The New Adventures") comes ART OPS VOL. 1: HOW TO START A RIOT, collecting issues #1-5 of the ongoing VERTIGO series and featuring a special sketchbook section from Allred and Brundage."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Scuzzy New York City punk Reggie Riot is a great disappointment to his cocktail-party mother. Unbeknownst to Reggie, she actually runs the Art Operatives, a secret organization dedicated to policing the surprisingly blurry lines between art and reality. Reggie, along with a black-masked Batman-like sidekick and an art-nerd mall girl, gets sucked into their clandestine activities when the entire Art Ops squad goes missing; somebody’s got to protect the Mona Lisa, now disguised as a rather homely looking human walking the streets of New York. Writer Simon (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoy) has some fun personifying works of art by Picasso and Warhol. However, the colorful but often jumbled art by Allred (Madman) never pushes the pedestrian script into anything nearly as witty or thrilling as the concept deserves. (June)