Synopses & Reviews
After discovering a dead body in an office bathroom, hungover job interviewee Rich "Bucko" Richardson becomes suspected of the murder. What he thinks is a quest to find the real killer turns into a weeklong romp through the wilds of Portland, Oregon, complete with bike-mounted cover bands, steampunk Makers, Juggalos, SuicideGirls, meth heads, so much absinthe, and an entire city made of books. After taking the Internet by storm, Jeff Parker and Erika Moen's dirty, funny murder mystery is now the most hilarious book in comic shops!
"Like a slacker Hitchcock hero, Rich awakens in the wrong place at the wrong time, a hookup's apartment after a drunken night, and rushes ill-prepared to a job interview. It's all downhill from there, a spiral involving murder, rampaging subcultures, and a mad dash to a wacky finale. Artist Moen's work is lively, capturing the action of the script perfectly and bringing the characters to energetic life. The story is a clever, careening juggernaut that becomes cluttered by the end. If you're not familiar with maker culture or Juggalos, or Portland, Ore. in-jokes, you might get lost as the hipster social satire piles on. The story was originally a Web comic, and like many Web comics that go into print, this book includes the author notes on each page but here they seem more self-conscious micromanagement than revelation, and make the creators seem like they're trying to steal the limelight from their own cartoon characters, who are strong enough to stand on their own. If readers ignore the notes, the lively, brainy story more than stands on its own." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jeff Parker is largely known as a writer for Marvel Comics on books like Hulk
and X-Men: First Class
, but he sometimes draws as with his breakout adventure graphic novel The Interman
. Parker has also worked as a storyboard artist for TV animation, commercials, and music videos.
Erika Moen is a 27 year old full time cartoonist at Periscope Studio and a resident of Portland, OR where she lives with her husband. She is best known for her six-year-long comic Dar!, which has been collected into two volumes. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, she has storyboarded TV commercials, self-published, and had her artwork exhibited in galleries, both group shows and solo, all over the US and internationally.