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Comic review: Stumptown No. 2 

Stumptown No. 2

Published by Oni Press. Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Matthew Southworth.

The Deal: Oni pops out another issue of its new Greg Rucka-penned detective comic.

The Good: I'm a sucker for detective comics, and Dex, the star of Stumptown, is a great new addition to the pantheon of private dicks populating popular fiction. Like many Rucka creations, she's a smart, yet flawed -- and sexually adventurous -- woman who's good at her job but sucky when it comes to her personal life. Since the actual mystery of the comic unfolds issue by issue, a book like this succeeds or fails based on the character -- and, luckily, Dex is a very interesting character. I love the art, too. And speaking of art, one of the best parts of the series so far is the backmatter by artist Matthew Southworth; each issue, he offers up all kinds of insights into his creative process.

The Bad: I don't have a problem with anything in this book. But I can see some folks not digging the art; it's a tad minimal -- especially when it comes to faces. But I like it. So there. And I can also see some folks complaining about the fact that this character is TOO similar to a lot of Rucka heroines (like Renee Montoya, or Batwoman).

The Verdict: Good stuff. Buy it.

Reviewed materials provided by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find: www.heroesonline.com.

Comic event: Just in time for Black History Month, the folks at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find will host one of their now-famous discussion groups on Feb. 7. This month's edition focuses on the hilarious blaxploitation/1970s-era comic parody book Afrodisiac, featuring an in-store appearance by the comic's creator, Jim Rugg. For more info, visit www.heroesonline.com.

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