The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1
Writer/Artist/Colors: Brian Churilla
Letters: Ed Brisson
Cover artists: Churilla (regular)/J.H. Williams III (variant)
Editor: James Lucas Jones
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $3.99 US
It’s an interesting week in comics, with some high-profile debuts. Marvel’s capitalizing on the buzz leading up to its Avengers with the launch of yet another Avengers title, with an A-list creative team, and tongues are wagging over the stellar work writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples have to offer in the first issue of Saga from Image Comics. I’m a bit concerned, though, this opening salvo in a new Oni Press project might fly under people’s radar, and if so, it’s a shame, because it’s a spectacular new comic stemming from a creator’s singular vision and effort. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is wildly entertaining read. It’s goofy and grotesque, mysterious and manic. Writer/artist Brian Churilla uses a fascinating footnote in history as a launching pad for a surreal adventure full of international espionage and monster hunting, complete with a teddy-bear sidekick. The creator’s vision for this incarnation of D.B. Cooper strikes me as a cross between Parker (the hero of Richard Stark’s novels and Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novels) and Hellboy. Fans of such comics as The Goon, Chew and Butcher Baker will kick themselves if they miss out on this strong new entry in serial comics storytelling.