Stumptown #1 Review
“The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case.”
It’s a genre of comic books and novels once extremely popular, now mostly lost to the ages. It’s the Private Eye books so many young readers back in the day grew to love.
Stumptown #1 is a PI book taking place in the city of Portland, Oregon. A bright and street wise Dex Parios has opened her own private detective agency and is about to be given one doozy of a case, a stolen baby. So it’s not technically a “baby”, got you reading though right? It’s actually a priceless guitar from the lead guitarist of the band Tailhook. Don’t know what the name means, and they don’t tell you, so don’t ask. The guitar became missing somewhere after being packaged away for transport, and it’s final destination at Miriam Bracca’s (the guitars owner) home. Dex’s first interrogation is less questions, and more threatening with a box knife from a “thug” and a gun from a DEA officer, this is going to be an interesting case indeed.
Greg Rucka is an award winning writer, and it really shows in Stumptown. He obviously had close contact with the Stumptown‘s artist Matthew Southworth because they’re connected so well. When reading the book you’re already looking for clues, remembering people’s names and faces, their reactions, and notable characters who will most likely be suspects in the near future. It’s all actually quite cool, if that’s your thing.
Fans of detective comics can jump right in on this new book, it’s a very well written and easy read. I’m already looking forward to future issues as this story is definitely going to get crazy like some Scooby Doo ish without the ghosts. Head down to Cosmic Comics! and pick up Stumptown #1 from Oni Press to #getyourfix.
Burke has other great reviews over at nerdfarmblog.com.