FROM THE PUBLISHER: Back on American soil, Drake comes face-to-face with the man who betrayed him. He has only minutes before the Hardcore expires—and his life along with it. But Drake only needs a little time to unload a LOT of bullets.

Issue #5 of Hardcore goes as expected. Put the pedal to the metal, turn the dial up to 11…and so on. This issue more than the previous four, is balls to wall action. No time for air, don’t even think about blinking.
Turning the page to see who gets blown up or shot at next, got a bit tiresome in this case. As I wrote in my review for issue #4, the story and dialogue are quite thin throughout the entire series. Issue #5 takes that to the next level. Drake has a plan. Markus thinks he has the upper hand. Two forces come head to head, with not many warm bodies left by the end. 

Going in to this issue I figured somehow the story would be wrapped up. Drake would save the day, Markus would meet his end, through death or arrest. As it turns out, the story is left a little open ended. Drake is free from the Hardcore capsule, a little worse for wear but still alive. As for his body (Esteban) he and Markus seemed to have survived somehow and are on the run. Will Drake follow? Will it be Drake or will it be someone used through the Hardcore Program? Up to this point we only see Drake used mostly through Esteban. What happens next to the Hardcore Program? The answers to these questions might be more explosions, more car chases and more globe trotting activities, if or when the next issues are announced for this series.

I’m not asking this series to be more than it should be. It doesn’t have to be James Bond if it only wants to be The Fast and Furious, because there is a difference. Both are for different readers and viewers. It doesn’t make it bad. But it doesn’t make this series a must read either. It’s a shut your brain off read. Bad guys bleed, good guys sweat. Us as the reader, can sit back and relax and enjoy other people’s problems, and not worry about ours. In essence it’s nice to have a series that can exist to just entertain. If you’re entertained by endless brakka brakka and blam blam that is. For my own tastes, I could have used a bit more sensible story material in this issue. For this issue I don’t hate the Drake, but I don’t love the Drake either.


Emmet Davis

Emmet Davis, small town Ontario, Canada, I live with my two amazing kids and lovely partner. That's one half of my life, the other? Movies, Sports, and Comics.

Preacher, Batman: Year One, Locke and Key are some of my first loves and entries into the world of Comics, but the first comic I ever owned was The Amazing Spiderman: Skating on Thin Ice #1 from February of 1993. I was six years old then. That issue blended what I grew up to love as a teen and an adult, hockey and comics, and of course not doing drugs. Still own that same copy to this day. Thanks for reading