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‘Lucas Stand’ Issue 3 & Mid-Series Review

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Kurt Sutter’s limited series Lucas Stand is halfway through its run, and things are looking rather interesting for our protagonist. Hunting demons, avoiding premature dying, and learning the finer points of interacting with soiled doves definitely made the third issue worth the wait.

So far, the series has been a treat to read, especially if you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy. The roughness of Lucas fits in with Sutter’s anti-hero style. Though I’m certain Stand would give Jax Teller a couple of sleepless nights.

Or they might go for a drink; Sutter is good with pulling out a twist.

It’s nice to see a story not being limited by network censorship or budgets. It makes you wonder how the full narrative of SoA would have been if it was a comic book series first.

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Lucas Stand also works in the same philosophy that one is not truly all evil or all good, and that we all fight demons we try to hide from the world. Furthermore, effort we make to erase these sins can sometimes be worse than the guilt we have.

However, there are a couple of bumps in the road with the story. Nothing to take away the joy of the ride, but they are noticeable from what I’ve seen.

One bump is the way the story shifts sharply from one direction to the other, and in some cases it can be a bit disconcerting to the reader. Usually these turns are fleshed out, but they can still confuse the reader if they’re not paying attention.

Second, this is not a story you read for a quick go over. This is very much a thinking man’s story and if one doesn’t go in with that frame of mind, it can take longer for you to enjoy the story.

Finally, if one was going in thinking this would be SoA with monsters, then you may want to rethink that. To his credit, Sutter is not resting on the laurels of his past works. Though I’d love to see an SoA jacket on a background character eventually.

Overall, I am loving this series and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how the series turns out.

So what do you guys think of the series so far?

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Seth Frederiksen
A post-grad history buff who is addicted to comics and books, and lover of anything with the words "ice" and "cream" in it. I've been a huge Batman fan since I can remember, and have come to appreciate sequential art as literature and entertainment. Also I have a soft spot for dogs. Just saying.
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