Saturday, January 9, 2010

Stumptown #2

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Matthew Southworth

I'm really enjoying this title. On the surface, this is a pretty simple book - girl private eye who seems to engender equal amounts of respect and disdain, suffering from financial troubles and life's other complications. It's Alias, without the super-powers.

However, Rucka has invested Dexedrine Parios with so much character that she practically breathes on the page. He is dribbling out information about Dex (what's all that between her and the police commander?) while weaving a very compelling mystery story. What really makes Dex work for me is her relationship with her brother; it grounds her and makes her much more interesting.

Southworth's art is quite strong, and I appreciate the amount of time and research he has put into depicting Portland. The colours, by Lee Loughridge, are quite washed out and a little bland, but that seems to be in the service of creating a mood.

This is a great comic that anyone who enjoyed Alias, Queen & Country or Local should enjoy.

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