Monday, August 27, 2012

Murder Book Volume 3

Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Jason Copland and Johnnie Christmas

When I bought a ticket to attend Fan Expo this past weekend, there was only one specific comic that I was there to buy - Ed Brisson's newest issue of Murder Book.

Brisson is a talented crime writer, whose stories in this series have always tended towards the bleak and the ironic.  If you could imagine packing the emotional intensity of an arc of Criminal into a short story, you'd basically have a good idea of what to expect from this series.

This issue opens with Fathers and Sons, drawn by Jason Copland.  This is a very good story about a man who owes money to a mobster, and whose family get caught up in the violence of collection day.  Brisson plays well with the father and son angle (it's hard to talk about without spoiling the story), and the story looks great.

The second story, Midnight Walk, shows how it doesn't always pay to be a good Samaritan.  It's also a very good piece.

These self-published comics are always a good read.  I highly recommend people visit Mr. Brisson's site to pick them up.  Brisson told me that he has a new series being solicited by Image soon, and he's also the letterer on Prophet.  Clearly a creator to watch.

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