When martial arts film The Raid debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival it broke down the barrier between action violence and story. Gareth Evans groundbreaking movie about a lone SWAT team’s fight for survival against a mobster’s army of murders is looking to bring a piece of that film’s awe to a new four-part min-series published by Titan Comics. The publisher recently announced which creators will be translating the world of The Raid to comics.

Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) and Alex Paknadel (Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) are teaming up with artists Budi Setiawan (Rex Royd, Savage Dragon) and Brad Simpson to tell a brand new story set in this world when The Raid #1 hits stores this August. Not to mention the project is being overseen by the original film’s director Gareth Evans.

The new mini-series will focus on the backstory of two characters from the film; Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl. It promises to tell a shocking story about the pair that pushes as many boundaries as the film did. Translating the language of film to the pages of comics is never an easy task but Ollie Masters proved in the Vertigo series The Kitchen crime stories still had new ground to cover when he made the women of that book as compelling of characters as any seen in Goodfellas or Donnie Brasco. As long as the art shares the same kinetic energy as the films then fans should be in for an awesome time.

The Raid #1 will be in stores August 2018



  1. Judging by the synopsis they’ve provided which I read elsewhere, Rama is going to be protecting another undercover cop along with himself in the prison setting of TR2. I don’t like the sound of that, don’t need new side characters who apparently were there the whole time but we didn’t see on film. I would much rather it be a criminal he befriends that I assume he meets up with once he gets out of prison. His undercover operation is supposed to be super secret, why the hell should another undercover know about him? In fact, hints throughout TR2 suggest that Rama might be nothing more than a “disposable asset” to Bunawar. That perhaps because we never see other cops with him, he might not even have Rama’s best interest and could easily double-cross him (if there ever was a TR3) just so the main police and higher-ups don’t know about his operation.

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