Introducing the Implied “Rock” in The Hard Place 2

By Drew Baumgartner

The Hard Place 2

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

The Hard Place is like a nested doll of hooks. “Former gangbanger tries to stay clean after prison” is a fine premise, but Doug Wagner and Nic Rummel pushed that a step further in their first issue, asking what happens when that gangbanger is forced back into the game at gunpoint. Issue 2 cleverly twists the knife further, making AJ’s co-hostage the daughter of his psychopathically violent boss, such that the presumption that AJ is complicit in the robbery doesn’t just pit him against the cops, but the entire criminal underworld. Continue reading