Death or Glory, Vol. 1
Meet Glory, raised off the grid in a convoy of truckers, the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her beloved, dying Father's surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying.New York Times bestselling author Rick Remender teams up with legendary French superstar Bengal to bring you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life.Collects DEATH OR GLORY #1-5

Death or Glory, Vol. 1 Details

TitleDeath or Glory, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308589
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Crime, Graphic Novels Comics

Death or Glory, Vol. 1 Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Glory’s pa needs a liver transplant. Luckily her ex is in deep with the mob and she knows about a cash drop she can heist - but things don’t go quite so peachy. I know, shocking right - who knew ripping off gangsters would land you into a whole world of hurt?? Rick Remender just isn’t a very good writer and his latest, Death or Glory, Volume 1: She’s Got You, is another sloppily-constructed story. None of the characters were interesting. Glory is the archetypical Strong Female Protagonist, which Glory’s pa needs a liver transplant. Luckily her ex is in deep with the mob and she knows about a cash drop she can heist - but things don’t go quite so peachy. I know, shocking right - who knew ripping off gangsters would land you into a whole world of hurt?? Rick Remender just isn’t a very good writer and his latest, Death or Glory, Volume 1: She’s Got You, is another sloppily-constructed story. None of the characters were interesting. Glory is the archetypical Strong Female Protagonist, which isn’t compelling, and her quest is too virtuous - gotta save mah dying pee-paw! Oh, please. Generic, too-easy motivation. The hitman with the liquid nitrogen smacked of Cormac McCarthy’s Anton Chigurh, another psycho with an unusual method of execution, and he was pointless anyway. Speaking of pointless, Glory acquires a sidekick who doesn’t do anything besides slow her down for no reason. I don’t buy her ex’s love for her - he’s this one-dimensional villain who’s there as a plot contrivance more than anything - and there’s a couple of Amish-looking girls included for no other reason than they looked different? The lack of imagination and story conveniences pile up. When she needs a car, an unattended one - who also just happens to be owned by a dickhead - shows up. You know the bad guy’s a bad guy because he’s cutting people up to sell for food. And look, how agreeable to be ripping off someone who just happens to be trafficking in organs when you’re in the market for an organ! And then the corny ending with the truckers - bleurgh! Bengal’s art is nice - I’m glad he’s sticking to the visual side of comics as he’s an even worse writer than Remender! - and there’s a lot of flashy car chases (though they’re surprisingly unexciting to read for all that). But that’s all Death or Glory is: superficially slick-looking with a very shallow, one-note and overly simplistic story that never grabbed me. Another Rick Remender turkey!
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  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
    January 1, 1970
    A solid Remender book with some great art. Its action packed with an eclectic cast of villainy which made for an enjoyable read! The ending definitely made me excited for volume 2 so this will be staying on my monthly pull list.
  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Dang been awhile since I didn't love a Rick Remender book. So this is about a Glory, who kind of just had enough of her life. Freedoms are being stripped from her and she decides to take control of her life. She can't save her father because she doesn't have the money and healthcare is a joke (Wow, this is pretty close to the truth now haha) And so she needs to rob and steal. So begins the mission but she isn't a trained robber and of course everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Good: The Dang been awhile since I didn't love a Rick Remender book. So this is about a Glory, who kind of just had enough of her life. Freedoms are being stripped from her and she decides to take control of her life. She can't save her father because she doesn't have the money and healthcare is a joke (Wow, this is pretty close to the truth now haha) And so she needs to rob and steal. So begins the mission but she isn't a trained robber and of course everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Good: The art is pretty interesting, I like the design of a lot of the world and characters. Glory is a interesting enough character and her struggle with the system and it's fuck ups is good. Bad: The characters, especially the side cast, is so uninteresting. I really tried to care but I just couldn't. I also thought the ending was full. A little too much talking about nothing in the middle. I just...I guess I couldn't connect with anyone but Glory. Overall it wasn't horrible but I wanted to like it more and couldn't. Which is a shame, cause Rick Remender is top 5 writers for me right now. A 2 out of 5.
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  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    Glitzy artwork like bottomless margaritas, dizzying action moves the plot, and characters that are surprisingly more than paper dolls. Subsequent arcs might frost this adrenaline cake.
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*. Remender is one of my fave writers. The story here just doesn't seem to be at the same level as his other Image series. The story seems a little simple in narrative, the dying father and villains are a little cliched and he doesnt seem to touch on any political/social issues which is normally his strong suit. The artwork is awesome and detailed. Especially the car scenes. Not the best I've read from Remender but its still an enjoyable fast paced action thriller.
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    Having written for Image Comics since 2005, Rick Remender has produced so many titles and at this point, he has five comic books that are currently ongoing. In between these titles, Remender wrote the excellent sci-fi Tokyo Ghost, which finished after ten issues, so whether or not he has a long plan for his latest comic Death or Glory, does it stay on the road or go off the grid?Please click here for my full review.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    Tak Seven to Eternity zatim zustava jedinou Remenderovou veci, ktera me nadchla...Glory je akcni zalezitost, u ktery mam pocit, ze sem jednotlivy prvky uz nekde videl.Hlavni hrdinka Glory zije v komunite truckeru, ktera funguje “off the grid”, a potrebuje sehnat prachy na tatovu operaci. Kdyz se ji v heist nepovede poprvy, je to ok, kdyz podruhy, tak uz to na me zacina pusobit jako nastavovana kase.Neni to vylozene spatny, cte se to celkem dobre, kresba je fajn, ale proste “nejsem cilovka”.
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  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that after Black Science and Seven to Eternity I'll be disappointed with this one based on the friends' reviews I was reading. But actually, this was a solid story I enjoyed really much. Twists in the plot were kind of predictable, but I still liked it. It's fast-moving with great artwork and I can not wait to read the second volume.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa that was a wild ride.Adult, definitely not for kids or my classroom library.
  • Alex (h00kisback)
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Jamie Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmm. I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. Nor can I think of what to say about it. It’s definitely a rick remender book so if you like his stuff then you will like this. 4 stars I guess.
  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    Guts and Glory on tenterhooks
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first graphic novel so maybe I’m just not used to the style yet but not enough character exposition for me. I had no time to relate to Glory or care about Red dying before the adventure takes off. That said, I will be reading the next volume. 🤷🏻♀ This is my first graphic novel so maybe I’m just not used to the style yet but not enough character exposition for me. I had no time to relate to Glory or care about Red dying before the adventure takes off. That said, I will be reading the next volume. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Isn't the type of story I usually read but I enjoyed it.
  • Paul Allard
    January 1, 1970
    Young heroine takes on drug lord to save her father – action-packed seriesGlory has lived off the grid with her father and now is trying to help her dying father. This involves confrontations with local drug dealers and gangsters, resulting in a second-half which is action-packed. Violence and high-speed pursuits appear alongside local corruption and unwelcome attention. The plot is fast-moving and the artwork is clear and nicely coloured on the whole. Recommended so far with a second volume to Young heroine takes on drug lord to save her father – action-packed seriesGlory has lived off the grid with her father and now is trying to help her dying father. This involves confrontations with local drug dealers and gangsters, resulting in a second-half which is action-packed. Violence and high-speed pursuits appear alongside local corruption and unwelcome attention. The plot is fast-moving and the artwork is clear and nicely coloured on the whole. Recommended so far with a second volume to come
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    I usually really enjoy Remenders work, but this just made me feel kinda nauseous. A lot of really unnecessary graphic grossness. Still trying to work out why the Deputy Sheriff allowed the Sheriff to shove a chilli pepper up his backside?! Anyway, not one for me, so I won't be picking up the next compendium.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    So, rarely do I not like comics. I like to believe I can find something good about every one I read but sometimes it is difficult to. This one wasn't bad. The art is pretty good, it has some great colors and some get action scenes. I really like Rick Remender, Im not afraid to pick up something new from him because I know it'll be good. And again, the book is good. BUT there was something about it that didnt satisfy me. Im not sure if its because you dont get to see much of Glory's real personal So, rarely do I not like comics. I like to believe I can find something good about every one I read but sometimes it is difficult to. This one wasn't bad. The art is pretty good, it has some great colors and some get action scenes. I really like Rick Remender, Im not afraid to pick up something new from him because I know it'll be good. And again, the book is good. BUT there was something about it that didnt satisfy me. Im not sure if its because you dont get to see much of Glory's real personality before she starts the heist. Im not sure if its because the story is a bit over the top (yes even for a comic). Really fun read, but something felt like it was missing. Maybe it was heart. Which is funny because it tries so hard to. Maybe too hard? I also think that one volume coulda covered everything they wanted to do... cause I cant see what ridiculousness is gonna happen in the next. Really wanted to like this book more then I did, maybe the next arch will be stronger.
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  • -RadioactiveBookworm-
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for an action packed comic with a little wholesome twist then this is the comic for you. Following Glory Owen, a girl raised off the grid by truckers, or one specific trucker, it begins with a seemingly unrelated scene. A man in a restaurant orders an obscene amount of burgers, the workers get upset, he kills them with liquid nitrogen. That's an interesting start, right?Check out my full review here!https://radioactivebookreviews.wordpr...
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  • Kazima
    January 1, 1970
    Well, that was a surprise and a lesson in not judging a book by its cover! I didn't think I was going to particularly like this. I thought it was going to be about cars and racing, and that the glory of the title referred to the glory of winning or something. I was wrong and I'm glad. "We've all been stuck in something we couldn't get out of. Riddled with anxiety and dreams of packing it all up, unplugging from the game, and heading off into the unknown horizon. This is a story about someone who Well, that was a surprise and a lesson in not judging a book by its cover! I didn't think I was going to particularly like this. I thought it was going to be about cars and racing, and that the glory of the title referred to the glory of winning or something. I was wrong and I'm glad. "We've all been stuck in something we couldn't get out of. Riddled with anxiety and dreams of packing it all up, unplugging from the game, and heading off into the unknown horizon. This is a story about someone who did."
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5Total review score: 2.1
  • The Stumps
    January 1, 1970
    It was a pretty good story.
  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    Glory Owen isn't one for trouble. Not often. But when she is, she certainly goes after it whole hog. Life sucks. No doubting that. And so, when the people one cares about seem ready to hit the end of the road, it takes all of Glory's luck and fortitude to push back. Taking life as it comes and succumbing to the compulsions of a culture of consumption is the easy way out. Fighting back? Going one's own way? Trying to steal another dime, another kiss, another day, from the world that would rather Glory Owen isn't one for trouble. Not often. But when she is, she certainly goes after it whole hog. Life sucks. No doubting that. And so, when the people one cares about seem ready to hit the end of the road, it takes all of Glory's luck and fortitude to push back. Taking life as it comes and succumbing to the compulsions of a culture of consumption is the easy way out. Fighting back? Going one's own way? Trying to steal another dime, another kiss, another day, from the world that would rather see you dead? That's gonna take some effort.That, plus an old pistol, a supped-up '77 Chevelle SS, and a ton of grit. DEATH OR GLORY drops readers into the lap of a young woman whose penchant for disruption nearly gets her killed (numerous times). When her father grows fatefully ill, and thus in need of a liver transplant, it would appear Glory's only hope for saving old Red is through less legal means. It's either that or go crawling back to her husband -- a true crap-stain of a human, named Toby.DEATH OR GLORY isn't at all like its initial synopsis of a woman running contraband left and right, but the book does hit a good stride once it gets going. Glory's plot to steal cash for Red's operation goes sideways once, twice, three times . . . and all she can do is lie, steal, and hope that gunshot wound to her left ribcage isn't too serious before the end credits roll. Southern Arizona, apparently, is jam packed with despotic fools. It'd be a shame if she fell into one of their traps before saving her old man's life.Remender takes another good crack at profiling desperate characters in desperate situations. And although Glory certainly fits the bill, what proves most interesting here is how Glory seems so sure of herself. The woman's rockabilly, off-the-grid vibe and mechanic's sensibility is refreshing considering many of the writer's characters are either too smart or too stupid to get a handle on things. Glory, by contrast, knows what needs to be done. It's everyone else who screws things up.Glory's husband? He foots drugs (and worse) left and right. The local sheriff? Corrupt to the bone. The area butcher? An actual butcher. There are a lot of fun characters in this book, and they're all guilty, simultaneously, of being highly entertaining and demonstrably horrible.Meanwhile, Bengal's art has grown playful and dynamic. His work with western publishers has adapted quite well to the greater diversity of emotions and emotional transition, and the corresponding rhythms across interconnecting scenes. It helps that Remender doesn't overload readers with dialogue, but Bengal remains an expert at adjudicating which characters deserve what, when it comes to negotiating the space available on the page.
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  • Dakota Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Death or Glory is Rick Remender near the peak of his crazy powers - it's intensely fast-paced and never uninteresting, but it's also so nutso-bonkers and over the top that your suspension of disbelief might become overwhelmed. At its core, it's the simple story of an impoverished girl, Glory, turning to crime to get enough money to buy her father a liver. Simple, right? Not so simple in Remender's hands - Glory was raised off the grid in a trucker convoy community and she just happens to steal f Death or Glory is Rick Remender near the peak of his crazy powers - it's intensely fast-paced and never uninteresting, but it's also so nutso-bonkers and over the top that your suspension of disbelief might become overwhelmed. At its core, it's the simple story of an impoverished girl, Glory, turning to crime to get enough money to buy her father a liver. Simple, right? Not so simple in Remender's hands - Glory was raised off the grid in a trucker convoy community and she just happens to steal from the local organ black marketeer.Coincidence that her dad needs an organ and Glory unwittingly steals from the biggest organ thief in the Southwest? Uhhh yeah kinda. That's the kind of disbelief you gotta be able to suspend to hang on in Death or Glory. The organ dude is a nonchalant mass murderer who employs several unique henchpeople and Glory's ex not only works for him, but is also a super-rich criminal in his own right. And there are some Mexican lucha libre guys wandering through the story too?Death or Glory moves fast, so you don't necessarily have to worry about any of this. But at some point it definitely becomes too much. The simple story gets washed away in Remender's waves of craziness. Fortunately, it's all illustrated by the superb Bengal, a French artist who I definitely need to spend more time reading. His artwork is simply stunning. Remender's craziness puts Bengal through his paces and, well, the reader kinda wins in that respect.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    A decent crime drama here, as Rick Remender gives us a strong female with a cause – and a lot more morals than some of her ilk. Our heroine thinks she can just get away with a heist or two to pay for her father's life-saving operation, and seeing as her ex is total scum it's fairly easy to just tag along and know where the bad bucks ripe for being snatched are. The problem – for her and the book – is that it actually leads to something much darker, and implausible. The very first issue has someo A decent crime drama here, as Rick Remender gives us a strong female with a cause – and a lot more morals than some of her ilk. Our heroine thinks she can just get away with a heist or two to pay for her father's life-saving operation, and seeing as her ex is total scum it's fairly easy to just tag along and know where the bad bucks ripe for being snatched are. The problem – for her and the book – is that it actually leads to something much darker, and implausible. The very first issue has someone using liquid nitrogen from a squirt-gun as a weapon, but that's not the only fantasy-based element to hinder the story. On the whole, though, it's a fine ride – a lot of character, as conveyed by one particularly wordy issue, and also a lot of action, with cars doing what would take days for a cinema stunt team to rig up. Finally, while there is more to come from this series, it actually works as a stand-alone, and that's so damnably rare it just has to be pointed out. So you don't have to come back for more – although I suspect with this quality you will.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5 First Remender book in years that I can't rate at least as solid "good". I understand what he was going for: a solid action romp in the style of 70s grindhouse exploitation flicks while romanticizing the off-the-grid trucker pathos of the same era. A solid basis for a potentially great story, but unfortunately neither the main character nor the conflict is particularly captivating. I feel there is a certain discrepancy between the tone Remender is going for and Bengal's style on the charac 2.5/5 First Remender book in years that I can't rate at least as solid "good". I understand what he was going for: a solid action romp in the style of 70s grindhouse exploitation flicks while romanticizing the off-the-grid trucker pathos of the same era. A solid basis for a potentially great story, but unfortunately neither the main character nor the conflict is particularly captivating. I feel there is a certain discrepancy between the tone Remender is going for and Bengal's style on the character art, which is too cartoony for such a gritty story. Not bad, but nothing special either, the only reason I keep following the series is because the premise for the second story arc seem much more interesting than the first one (we'll supposedly see the inner workings of the utopian truck convoy society).
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Just didn't resonate with me. The art is great, but I think the biggest issue I had with this book is that there's no time devoted to getting to know Glory or her father before she goes off on her grand quest to save him. She literally doesn't interact with him once in the present day in this entire volume. So it's a gritty story that's meant to have an emotional hook, but doesn't ever bother to actually make that emotional hook truly emotional.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    This is the female mechanic open road heist story with subtle commentary on the broken American health care system that you've always wanted. Bengal's art fits the screaming RPM pace of Rick Remender's writing to a T. Glory is engaging as a reluctant outlaw and the wild cast of supporting characters (some of whom have some novel BDSM practices) supports the romping action. Glorious.
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  • Marek Michalak
    January 1, 1970
    The art is really nice and the pace is really fast. The story is ok,but seems like a rehash of a lot of used and old ideas. In my opinion, not one of Remender's best stories, but still really enjoyable.
  • David Pain
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this. The story is unwrapped skillfully, the art is good. Somewhat of a manga style. Some cool twists in the plot. I cared about the characters. The baddies were pretty nasty. Looking forward to volume 2.
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