Being a newcomer to the world of comics, graphic novels and the like, I was” introduced” to Razor by a friend of mine who is very much a veteran. Doing some basic research I found myself intrigued by the story idea and decided to purchase the Razor Compendium V1. After settling in with my coffee on a Sunday morning, I decided to start reading… and didn’t stop for approximately the next 4 hours (give or take). Once I started I could NOT stop (and quickly became irritated if interrupted)! I was quickly engrossed in the story, in spite of not actually having read the initial book, and this is due solely to the writing talent of Everette Hartsoe
Razor tells the story of a woman, Nicole Mitchell, who, at the tender age of 9, experiences the brutal murder of her father and sister. During her stay in an institution, Nicole becomes shattered to the point that one would say she simply loses her mind. After escaping the institution, she becomes a VERY brutal but most effective assassin. Folks, Razor is one crazy, BAD ASS bitch! Bent on finding and destroying the man who essentially destroyed her, she becomes a sort of avenging Angel, taking down those who prey on the weak. It didn’t take long for me to feel Nicole Mitchell’s pain… her rage and anger at a system that had clearly and miserably failed her. Razor, very simply, becomes real… someone that the reader can, on some level, relate to. I felt sad for her, enraged for her and wanted to be right beside her kicking serious ass!
At one point in the story, I was so surprised by a plot twist that I literally said out loud to myself and my cats, “No F’ng way!” When I was done reading I immediately wanted more and have made it a personal mission to get my hands on the entire series. I’m hooked, plain and simple. Razor is the perfect mix of beauty, sex appeal, violence and serious action and is most definitely NOT for the faint of heart. If you have a problem with any of that… well, you have two options…Get over it…or find a nice little fairy tale to read.
This experience having been my “first time”… I can’t imagine anything better.