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After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega is now making her living as the bouncer at an exotic dance club. But when a dancer is found dead and her daughter missing, the cops write it off as just another drug user who overdosed and a runaway kid. With her former colleagues on the force more concerned with giving he After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega is now making her living as the bouncer at an exotic dance club. But when a dancer is found dead and her daughter missing, the cops write it off as just another drug user who overdosed and a runaway kid. With her former colleagues on the force more concerned with giving her a hard time than doing their job, Vega must decide if she's willing to risk her freedom in order to help the people with nowhere else to turn. From the award-winning team of PLASTIC (Doug Wagner & Daniel Hillyard) and art from industry-greats Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Cully Hamner (Red, Batman and The Signal) Tomm Coker (BLACK MONDAY MURDERS), Chris Brunner (Spider-Gwen, LOOSE ENDS), and more. Collects THE RIDE: BURNING DESIRE #1-5


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After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega is now making her living as the bouncer at an exotic dance club. But when a dancer is found dead and her daughter missing, the cops write it off as just another drug user who overdosed and a runaway kid. With her former colleagues on the force more concerned with giving he After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega is now making her living as the bouncer at an exotic dance club. But when a dancer is found dead and her daughter missing, the cops write it off as just another drug user who overdosed and a runaway kid. With her former colleagues on the force more concerned with giving her a hard time than doing their job, Vega must decide if she's willing to risk her freedom in order to help the people with nowhere else to turn. From the award-winning team of PLASTIC (Doug Wagner & Daniel Hillyard) and art from industry-greats Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Cully Hamner (Red, Batman and The Signal) Tomm Coker (BLACK MONDAY MURDERS), Chris Brunner (Spider-Gwen, LOOSE ENDS), and more. Collects THE RIDE: BURNING DESIRE #1-5

30 review for The Ride: Burning Desire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    When I saw this was from the same f'd up team who created Plastic, the story of a serial killer and the blowup doll he's in love with, I knew I had to read this. This has that same sick, twisted kind of humor. However, it does delve into some real sick shit as the plot moves along. Samantha Vega, is an ex-cop out on parole after going to prison for 15 years. Now she's the bouncer at a weird cosplay / strip club. (The cover of the book kind of says it all.) Her past comes back to haunt her and h When I saw this was from the same f'd up team who created Plastic, the story of a serial killer and the blowup doll he's in love with, I knew I had to read this. This has that same sick, twisted kind of humor. However, it does delve into some real sick shit as the plot moves along. Samantha Vega, is an ex-cop out on parole after going to prison for 15 years. Now she's the bouncer at a weird cosplay / strip club. (The cover of the book kind of says it all.) Her past comes back to haunt her and her friends. There's also a backup story in each issue showing the screwed backstory for all the dancers working in the club drawn by whoever did the cover of the issue. Wagner could have delved into Vega's past more as the story went along to make things less confusing. I didn't know why things were happening for a good chunk of this. But I was having so much fun, I ignored it. Received a review copy from Image and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valéria.

    I ended up surprised by this. The first issue established its story well and in the end, there was a great, weird backup story. At the end of every issue, there is a short story, describing what broke those people. The main story itself got the right combination of humor and action.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Yes, it was the cover that caught my interest - a woman in a unicorn kigu who appears to have just beaten someone to death with a spanking paddle (and that does indeed happen in the story). But it's also by the team behind Plastic, a screwball romantic comedy about a serial killer and his sex doll, and that was fun in a fucked-up sort of way. Initially, so is this - a disgraced former detective working security in a very niche fetish dance club, desperately trying not to violate her parole, and Yes, it was the cover that caught my interest - a woman in a unicorn kigu who appears to have just beaten someone to death with a spanking paddle (and that does indeed happen in the story). But it's also by the team behind Plastic, a screwball romantic comedy about a serial killer and his sex doll, and that was fun in a fucked-up sort of way. Initially, so is this - a disgraced former detective working security in a very niche fetish dance club, desperately trying not to violate her parole, and the strange found family around her. As it goes along, though, it gets more into the territory that leaves me less keen on modern crime stories - less weird, more just plain nasty. Great art, though, reminiscent of a grittier Ryan Ottley. Plus, back-up stories drawn by the likes of Tomm Coker and Cully Hamner, which fill out the characters' backstories. (Edelweiss ARC)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I didn't realize this was part of an older series but honestly I don't think it matters much if you've read it before or not, felt pretty self-contained. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.7 I didn't realize this was part of an older series but honestly I don't think it matters much if you've read it before or not, felt pretty self-contained. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.7

  5. 5 out of 5

    RG

    This was really kinda cool. Quite wacky as well. A bouncer at a weird dress up strip club gets caught up in some drama and things quickly escalate. Shes recently been released from prison, oh and was an ex cop. I really liked the artwork in this plus we get some extra little story in each issue of one of the dancers, drawn by a different artist. Really cool and can be read as a standalone. Kinda wished I'd read the other two as this was really fun

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I admit the cover art by Adam Hughes is initially what drew my attention to this collection of The Ride. I actually enjoyed the story and was pleasantly surprised by the way the story unfolded throughout the issues. I appreciated the artwork and felt it was an excellent complement or even a driver for the story. This was unusual and worth the read. Thank you to the publisher for the eARC.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    The Ride is a series I never really heard of but enough to make a comeback. After feeling the energy of this series, it's hard not to see why. There's a lot of action but also motivation. Every character on display want to be themselves and deal with their pasts. Unfortunately the world is not a fair place, especially to a bunch of judgmental people. That includes cops and the villains. At the end of the day, people more or less lie to themselves to justify their actions or prejudices. It's the The Ride is a series I never really heard of but enough to make a comeback. After feeling the energy of this series, it's hard not to see why. There's a lot of action but also motivation. Every character on display want to be themselves and deal with their pasts. Unfortunately the world is not a fair place, especially to a bunch of judgmental people. That includes cops and the villains. At the end of the day, people more or less lie to themselves to justify their actions or prejudices. It's the ones who can confront their demons as well as finding comfort in forgiveness that matter most.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Art

    This was quite the wild ride, so to speak. Wagner took what could have been a so-so story and made it memorable with the characters. The way there is a backstory laid out for each of the more colorful characters made me really enjoy this book. Instead of caricatures, they were real people to me. That made a difference. I would like to see where this goes from here. I hope there are some more volumes on the way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Is there a story here? It feels like random action scenes with stilted dialogue. There are scenes that make sense and then scenes that make me go WTF? I really wanted to enjoy this as it has some amazing characters but I felt lost most of the time. What does the car have to do with anything? ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Review submitted to Diamond Bookshelf for possible publication.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Mediocre crime for those who like gimp suits and cars cursed with giving off a malicious vibe in amongst their violence.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire (Wezet) Winternheimer

  15. 5 out of 5

    Douvonté

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

  17. 4 out of 5

    Strange Fish

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mithun Gangopadhyay

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erik Mericle

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simon J.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chris Curtis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charles Benson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  25. 4 out of 5

    Orlando Gallardo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  29. 5 out of 5

    Santiago

  30. 5 out of 5

    Velijah

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