REVIEW: Chopper #1
Book Title: Chopper #1
Book Description: Meet Christina. She’s a high school cheerleader in Daytona. When she’s not in class or showing her school spirit at the big game she moonlights as a drug dealer. It’s an ironic career choice for the daughter of a police officer. Biker week is kicking off at Daytona. It’s Mardi Gras and the festival in Sturgis all rolled into one. It brings in everyone from the occasional weekend rider to the biker gangs. It’s a great week for Christina to be out peddling her wares. She has a new product that has five times the kick of Ecstasy that she is looking to move. Elsewhere some grisly, unusual murders are taking place. One body was found inside of their home with the doors and windows locked. From what we can see, this is just the beginning.
Book Author: Martin Shapiro
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Asylum Press
Illustrator: Juan Ferreyra
- Interior Art(4)
- Cover Art(4.3)
Chopper didn’t make it onto my radar until I saw it in an online auction. From the cover alone, I felt it was worth the price to go on a curiosity voyage. The story doesn’t disappoint. It’s what you would get if you took one part “Cruel Intentions”, one part “Sleepy Hollow”, and added a splash of “Mean Girls”.
Christina is an antihero; which is nice for a change of pace. She’s relatable. She resents her mom for leaving to shack up with some doctor while she’s stuck with dad. Her views on life are somewhat jaded. Her observations aren’t wrong though.
The photo I saw of the cover artwork in the auction didn’t do it justice. It has tremendous lines with great coloring. I’m most fond of the additional characters in the background.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to the interior artwork. There have been many cases where a phenomenal cover set me up for a fall. That’s not the case with Chopper #1. We get plenty of detail coupled with rich colors.
As a geek on a budget, I would pass on Chopper. The reason being that while the cover says it’s a five book run, in all of my searching and questioning part of the creative team, there are only references to two issues. It would be unfortunate to find yourself invested in a series that comes to an abrupt stop without finishing the story. We’ve already endured that with the “Firefly” television series.