Sharkey is a bounty hunter who is about to embark on one of the biggest paydays of his entire career. The only thing standing in his way is a kid he made an orphan. From writer Mark Millar and artist Simone Bianchi comes SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1.
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When you think of a bounty hunter, the last thing that comes to mind is an ice cream truck. However, in writer Mark Millar’s latest comic projectSHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1, such is the case. With Simone Bianchi adding some incredible visuals, the creative duo sets a course to take us on an out of this world adventure. This is one space chase you’re not going to want to miss.


SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 follows the ridiculous antics of an intergalactic bounty hunting jerk with financial woes. Lucky for Sharkey, the biggest bounty payday of his life is just around the corner. However, a major dilemma arises after he collects a bounty for an armed robbery fugitive known as Multiple Jax. Little to Sharkey’s knowledge, Jax was the guardian to a nephew, a short green fellow named Extra-Billy.

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With Jax behind bars, Extra-Billy demands Sharkey take him across the galaxy to his remaining relatives on a planet called Odag. Now, to focus on the bounty reward of his life he’ll have to bring this kid along on his travels. You can already see this shaping up to be a wild ride set with a lot of twist and turns. It kind of reminds me of a combination of films like MIDNIGHT RUN and TRUE GRIT.

SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 does an excellent job setting up for what looks to be a promising intergalactic sci-fi adventure. The first issue introduces us to the main protagonists and what looks to be the main antagonist. Millar has always been quite brilliant at crafting unique universes around his characters, and Sharkey is no exception.

Who is Sharkey?

Sharkey the bounty hunter is a charismatic smart-ass that drives around space with an ice cream truck for a spaceship. His character comes off as a combination of Ash from the EVIL DEAD and Jeff Bridges’s character from TRUE GRIT. He also acts like he doesn’t care about much besides women and money, but this first issue shows a small part of him has a conscience. Somewhere along the way, Sharkey will most likely learn that some things are worth more than money.

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The connection between Sharkey and Extra-Billy, although short-lived in the first issue, is very engaging. Teaming a snarky guy who hates kids with a child is excellent storytelling on Millar’s part. It will be interesting to see how their relationship grows or diminishes over the course of the story arc. One area that Millar always shines in most of his stories is his superb character development. It will be great to see what he plans to do with characters like Extra-Billy.

Bianchi’s Visual Brilliance

Bianchi provides some amazing visuals with his awesome pencil work. His unique art style adds the perfect balance to the story that Millar is trying to tell. If you’re familiar with Bianchi’s previous work on THANOS RISING then you know this isn’t his first rodeo with drawing aliens and characters in outer space. In addition to his designs, his shading really adds to the gritty tone to the story.

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Bianchi is serving double duty with this series, supplying both illustrations and colors. His color choice really blends well to highlight the definition of the characters. He switches it up a bit, coloring humanized characters, like Sharkey, blue but then giving the aliens a more human skin tone colors. All in all the colors really give each panel a great dramatic effect.

 Fire Up the Ice Cream Ship

Overall, this issue is a good build up to hopefully bigger things to come within the series. Millar and Bianchi do an incredible job with fleshing out the story and characters right from the start. The pacing keeps the story interesting and it feels like it has the potential to be a great space adventure. Whether you like space stories or not SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER #1 is definitely worth picking up.

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