I was recently offered the chance to review the first issue of the brand new Miami Vice: Remix comic from Lion Forge. I said YES without giving it any though as I loved the TV show growing up, and a continuation of those adventures couldn’t fail, could it? The short answer is, no, it doesn’t fail on its promise, but Remix is not the adventure I was expecting!
If the names Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood mean anything to you, then you probably have a good idea what to expect from this reimagining. I confess, I knew little about them prior to reading issue one, which meant I was plunged into the deep end of their vibrant, modern Miami. The new world of Miami Vice is one of bright colours, angular styles and a far more jagged and adult tone.
To begin with, the comic update felt jarring and I had to watch a few episodes of the 80’s show to remind myself of the Miami that Crocket and Tubbs originally occupied. It turns out that the show is incredibly tame by todays standards, no worse than any 21st century primetime procedural. By comparison, the newly remixed Miami Vice is a late night cable show, upping the violence, language, flesh and absurdity to levels expected from that audience.
Once I got into the mindset that this isn’t Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas playing cops, I really started to enjoy the new Vice pairing.
Issue One is all about establishing the two Detective’s, and it happily does this in style. Right from the start, the duo are in trouble and this danger is never allowed to dissipate with page after page of car chases, fights and shoot-outs. As you can see in art featured here, the experience is never anything less than visceral.
If future issues continue at the same break-neck pace as this first outing, you can expect great things from this new series. Just don’t expect it to be the same as the show you watched 30 years ago – and that isn’t a bad thing!
Miami Vice: Remix is released early in 2015 by Lion Forge Comics.