Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Jim Mahfood
Publisher: IDW/Lion Forge
Release Date: March 25, 2015
Unlike the soothing Phil Collins tunes and sharp fluorescent hues of the original TV show, or the hazy purple skies of Michael Mann’s 2006 film adaptation, writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood’s Miami Vice Remix #1 is marked by something harsher, more guttural. The debut issue lives up to its “remix” moniker, and it feels like a genuinely distinct reinterpretation of the source material. If the show was defined by synthy ‘80s mood tones and the film by club mixes and mash-ups, Casey and Mahfood’s take—were it to have an audio component—would be defined by EDM figureheads Diplo or Skrillex: aggressive, vulgar noises being torn apart and slammed cacophonously back together.
For the most part, the first chapter of this five-part miniseries appears to be identical in the