We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Local Man #8 Review:
While our hero goes on a psychedelic trip, he also figures out some important info about the series’s central mystery in a mind-blowing sequence that breaks the format of comic books. Not just this comic book; but comic books as a whole.
“[This issue] changes the game for everything happening with the plot,” host Alex Zalben said. “This continues… to be one of the most creatively done and smartly done comics out there. I was really, really impressed by this.”
“I just love this comic,” Justin Tyler added. “It’s so good. I love that… slow build getting toward this big revelation we get for our main character, something that we’ve known for a while, but that he gets to discover here through — like you’re saying — a format-breaking choice at the end, something I’ve truly never seen before in comics. How often do you get to say that?”
Pete LePage also thought this was “unique and interesting.” In particular, he shouted out Tony Fleecs’ art as “an awesome mood for a comic… Also the writing is amazing, too. This is such a great team on this book… Impressive creatively. And we’ve read so many comics for so many years. The fact that we could get surprised like this is pretty damn impressive.”
Wrapping up, Zalben added, “This could have been a one-joke premise and it’s anything but. Instead, it’s two seasoned professionals working at the top of their game. It gets better and better every issue.”
Local Man #8 Official Synopsis:
“THE DRY SEASON,” Part Three: Local Man’s gotta find a real, genuine monster, while the very human one who shares his bed looks for any means possible to shake him from her trail. ANY. On the flip side, Inga’s quest to save Farmington has hit a dead end. But along comes her partner, her savior, her cool new best friend, Farmer Xaver…her ex-boyfriend’s dad?