Slow Burn #1

Slow Burn #1

Illustrated by: Pierluigi Minotti

Cover Art by: Matt Taylor

Written by: Ollie Masters

Release date: October 25, 2023

Boom! Studios

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

Fleeing a botched robbery in New York City, a junkie, her dying partner, and a dementia-ridden old man pull into a coal mining ghost town in central Pennsylvania.

Obscured by the caustic mists spewed forth by the coal-seam fire from the 1960s-still burning-Trier is the perfect place to lay low, score a fix, and take a hostage… or is it?

Acclaimed crime writer Ollie Masters (Snow Blind, The Kitchen) and artist Pierluigi Minotti (Lost Falls) transport readers into a bleak, violent world, perfect for fans of Gideon Falls and Stray Bullets.

Prepare to embark on a journey into the gritty underbelly of crime and desperation with “Slow Burn #1,” a mesmerizing creation from Boom! Studios that beckons readers into a world of dark secrets and desperate choices.

The narrative unfolds around a botched robbery in the unforgiving streets of New York City. We follow a junkie, her dying partner, and a dementia-ridden old man as they make their escape, spiraling further into the abyss of their criminal lives. Their destination? A coal mining ghost town in central Pennsylvania, hidden away in obscurity and veiled in caustic mists, courtesy of a coal-seam fire that has burned since the 1960s.

“Trier” emerges as the perfect place for these fugitives to lay low, secure their next fix, and perhaps even take an unwitting hostage. But is it truly a safe haven, or is it a lurking nightmare in disguise?

Acclaimed crime writer Ollie Masters, known for his work in “Snow Blind” and “The Kitchen,” takes the helm in this narrative, and his talent shines through. Masters skillfully weaves a tale of raw, unfiltered reality, where the characters’ lives are like splintered glass, reflecting a world filled with pain, desperation, and secrets too dark to be exposed to the light.

The art by Pierluigi Minotti brings this world to life in all its harsh, unrelenting glory. The visuals exude a sense of bleakness that matches the story’s tone perfectly, immersing readers in the grim atmosphere of a dying town and its inhabitants.

As you turn the pages, you’ll be drawn deeper into this world of shadows, making you feel like an unseen observer of a tragic drama that unfolds before your eyes. The narrative is reminiscent of “Gideon Falls” and “Stray Bullets,” offering a thrilling and suspenseful experience that fans of these titles will undoubtedly relish.

Slow Burn #1 is a dark gem in the world of crime comics, serving as a reminder of the rich storytelling potential that exists within the genre. It’s a slow-burning fuse of intrigue and danger that promises a spectacular explosion of narrative in the issues to come. If you’re a fan of compelling crime tales and complex characters, this series is a must-read. So dive into the world of “Slow Burn” and brace yourself for a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, eager to uncover the mysteries lurking within the coal-seam fire’s caustic mists.

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A Dark Descent into Bleak Realism

Colors - 7.8
Design - 9.2
Illustration - 9.1
Narrative - 8.7
Subplot - 9.5


Slow Burn #1 by Boom! Studios is a crime comic that follows a botched robbery in New York City and the escape of a junkie, her dying partner, and a dementia-ridden old man to a coal mining ghost town in central Pennsylvania.

Genre: Crime
Series: Slow Burn | Illustrated by Matt Taylor, Pierluigi Minotti
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