“The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo But Left Her Mini, Part One”
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist/Cover artist: Matthew Southworth
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Editor: James Lucas Jones
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $3.99 US
Writer Greg Rucka isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel with this latest creator-owned project. Fans of his work will recognize his heroine Dex Parios. Maybe not her name or face, but the archetype. Rucka clearly has a fascination with the strong but flawed female investigator character type. It’s easy to see such Rucka-associated characters as Renee Montoya, Bridget Logan, Carrie Stetko and others in Dex. This new feisty private eye even appears to be gay, making it even easier to compare her to Montoya (whom Rucka has written for years, from Gotham Central to 52 to Detective Comics). Nevertheless, the familiarity of the archetype doesn’t detract from the compelling characterization and engrossing mystery. Rucka has teamed with an artist whose style is akin to others with whom the writer has collaborated on crime comics in the past, so not surprisingly, the two creators’ approaches mesh nicely. Stumptown is as fascinating as Queen and Country, Rucka’s last creator-owned title for Oni Press, but it’s even more grounded. I’d only learned about this title this week, having missed any previous announcement, but I’m thrilled with the discovery.