When given the opertunitity to read and review the first creator-owned project by fan-favorite creator Brian Buccellato, I jumped at the chance. After-all, this was half of the team that was put in charge of bringing a certain scarlet speedster's monthly exploits to life in the pages of DC Comics' The Flash (co-written with Francis Manapul)! Finding out that the art was by Noel Tuazon, the artist behind the critically acclaimed Tumor written by Joshua Fialkov, it was a slam-dunk for me. I knew with those creators involved, I would enjoy the book at the very least.
Not knowing much about the story itself, other than what I read in an online interview with Brian. From that interview:
"A writer that I really respect recommended that I write about what is important in my life. This was more than just the well-known "write what you know" axiom; he suggested that I tackle themes that resonate in my current life. Well, anyone that knows me knows that for over eleven years, the MOST important thing in my life is my son, Paris. So, I decided to write about fatherhood and specifically about a fatherís need to protect his child."
I didn't read anymore. The comic already had three things going for it that I liked. So I opened the PDF copy that Brian sent me and began reading about Eddie Foster and his world. The story opens with a flashback to an event in Eddie's childhood. If it wasn't for this small glimpse into Eddie's youth, it would be pretty hard to empathize with his character at all. Eddie is not a very likeable character. He's a drunk who seems to be living for himself and not putting too much time and effort into maintaining relationships with people he knows.
We're slowly led through what is probably some pretty typical events in Eddie's life. That is until he comes across a dweller. Not much is known about dwellers other than the fact that they're not human and are rumored to be decendants of Neanderthal's. This tale quickly takes a turn toward the supernatural when dwellers show up looking for Ben, a kid that Eddie let sleep over when the kids mother disappeared, (apparently not an uncommon occurance for the drug-addict mom). Ben brings Eddie out of his reclusive shell by showing him what it's like to care and feel responsible for someone other than himself. And that's where we get to the full-circle point of all this. The theme of fatherhood and about a father's need to protect his child that was mentioned earlier. No, Ben is not Eddie's father, but that doesn't stop Eddie from charging in to protect him as if he was.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes gritty, supernatural crime comics. The book debuted at Amazing Arizona Comic Con the weekend of January 6th and Brian has made copied available throughout the Los Angeles area at various comic book shops. For those unable to get them through those means, he will be launching a website and copies of the book, as well as subsequent issues, will be available at: www.brianbooch.com
Steven A. Wilcox is an aspiring comic book artist whose work has appeared in various small press books, mostly from the El Paso, TX publisher; Project4Studios. He has been a comic book fan for as long as he can remember. His favorite part of doing reviews and interviews for Comics Bulletin is it gives him an excuse to read more comics, watch cartoons and talk to his favorite creators. He can be contacted on Twitter at @StevenWilcox72 or on Facebook.