PEACEMAKER DISTURBING THE PEACE #1 Review – Peace Through Trama
Peacemaker has seen the limelight as of late thanks to James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad and the recently released spinoff series on HBO Max putting the focus on the DC character who is played by John Cena. DC Comics has gone all-in with Peacemaker and out of that, we get this entertaining although dark one-shot issue that dives into the character’s backstory and who he is in Peacemaker Disturbing the Peace #1.
Garth Ennis and Garry Brown team up to bring us this brutal and smart issue to the character on everyone’s radar right now. Ennis was the perfect choice to pen this story. Not only due to his brilliant writing, but he loves telling a grounded story rather than the big superhero types it seems like and much like The Punisher, Peacekeeper has the makings of that dark tone and brutality that comes with their backstory and it leaves a writer like Ennis with a smile on his face as he finally gets his hands on the character. At least I assume so…
In Disturbing the Peace, we see Christopher Smith/Peacemaker meet with a psychiatrist to be evaluated as he is on the verge of joining a U.S. Special Forces unit. This meeting takes us on the traumatic flashbacks of Peacemaker’s childhood and other engagements in his time in the military. Although the tone of the issue is different than what you get in the HBO Max series, Ennis does capture the twisted humor and intellect that Peacemaker does not get much credit for. The smart delivery of these traits in Ennis’ penmanship as his psychiatrist and the readers serve as an audience for Peacemaker’s story really put this issue on another level.
Brown also joins the hive mind of this issue as he adapts a gritty and grim art style to accompany the dark and humorous aesthetic that we experience through the eyes of Peacemaker’s psychiatrist. Between Ennis, Brown, and Lee Loughridge‘s colors, we get pushed through the brutality and narrative of the story’s direction with great detail and easy-to-follow panels that make it easy to sit back and enjoy the story being told as we go from flashbacks to present time.
Overall, Peacemaker Disturbing the Peace #1 is devious and gives the reader entertainment with no limits. Ennis provides us with humor while staying true to his legendary dialogue in full force for the DC character. Brown and Loughridge bring us gritty detailed art that feels like a blast from the 90s. This isn’t the Peacemaker we see on TV, but Ennis and the rest of the creative team pull away from the goofy TV version and still give us a dark, surprisingly humourous Peacemaker that has a more mature tone without losing the heart of the character. This is a great pickup for those fans who are enjoying the series and want to know more about Christoper Smith a.k.a. Peacemaker.
Source: DC Comics