Review – Stumptown #2

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STUMPTOWN #2In the first issue of Stumptown writer Greg Rucka quickly dove us into a story full of flawed and rich characters, an interesting missing person’s case and a strong female protagonist.  In the second issue Rucka effortlessly continues where the first issue left off but also adds strong silent elements that are enhanced by Matthew Southworth’s art.

From Oni:

Superstar writer Greg Rucka (DETECTIVE COMICS, QUEEN & COUNTRY) continues his brand new creator-owned series! Dex is hot on the trail of the missing Charlotte Suppa, but the closer she gets, the more people shoot at her. Why is Charlotte on the run and what did she do to garner the attention of the Marenco crime family?

Plot: Rucka has not only created fantastic characters in this series in general but he gives us a strong main heroine for the lead.  Not only does she act as the tough detective, she must care for her handicap brother.  Rucka writes his character with a realism that might be unmatched. He also knows when words aren’t needed and clearly feels confident enough to let his artist carry the story when needed. Rating: 9.5

Art: Matthew Southworth’s art compliments Rucka’s writing.  Not only does Southworth set the mood, there’s entire pages with no dialogue, relying solely on his ability to tell a story through art.  The art invokes the genre and tone Rucka is going for and one can only think of fellow noir team of Brubaker and Phillips for comparison as to ability and seeming ability to mesh so well.  We are also treated to a few pages from Southworth going through the process he goes through in creating his masterpieces. Rating: 9

Overall: We knew Rucka and Southworth were talented, but there was a chance their late entry into the noir genre would be overshadowed by other works.  Instead they have created compelling characters, in a realistic world and a gripping story that makes them challengers for best comic book of this genre.  If you’re not reading this, you’re missing out.  Overall Rating: 9.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 40     Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 1/6/2010

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.