Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Justin Greenwood
Colored by Ryan Hill
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 9/10/2014
For those of you familiar with Greg Rucka’s original run of Stumptown, get ready to be kicked in the knickers. Rucka has us returning to Portland, OR and reuniting with everybody’s favorite lady detective, Dex. This run appears to be taking a more personal look at Dex and her personal life. No longer just a noir-esque drama of life on the beat, this revamp of Stumptown looks inward. Don’t worry, there’s still murder.
We enter on a pick-up game of soccer match, which happens to be the main theme of the comic, soccer. Now, I for one know next to nothing about soccer, particularly Northwest regional soccer teams, but if that’s your thing then this comic is mad all the more special. Anyways, after this little soccer match has ended, we follow Dex escorting her brother to a professional soccer match in Portland. Do the Portland Timbers ring any bells? Fans of Portlandia will recognize the name. Well it’s after that match on their walk home that leads to a juicy twist right at the end.
Honestly, most of this comic takes place at this Timbers match, and you are inundated with the hooligan lifestyle, but it does have its charm. The real genius of this book comes in Rucka’s ability to develop character. The relationship between Dex and her brother, who has some form of mental illness, is a shining example of Greg’s abilities. He brings you in to his character’s lives without forcing them upon you. He’s always been one of my favorites and seems to be keeping pace here with this title.
Overall, it’s a solid book, if you can get past all the soccer references. I say give it a shot of you’re a fan of Rucka’s work or just looking for something to break the mundane superhero cycle. Happy reading!