Even with most comic books now $3, a $3.50 comic book still looks expensive.
JACK STAFF, written and drawn by Paul Grist, with Erik Larsen and Eric Stephenson painting colors is worth the extra half buck. From the front cover, as first panel, on through 30 uninterrupted pages, it’s a full-packed comic book for the price. Admittedly the newest issue (12) is a challenging place to join the story: Jack faces a chief adversary in the presence of a seer who’d predicted the outcome several issues back, while, lost in the green-and-black world, Helen Morgan, agent of Q, puzzles through past and present. #12 also features Tom-Tom the Robot Man (neither robot, nor man), a purple demon, and what could be misconstrued as Alan Moore gone psychedelic angel, and is a stalwart and fitting conclusion to this part of Jack Staff’s story. It’s concisely and convincingly written, and drawn with sharp, angular distinction.
I also continually enjoy Grist’s “Kane,” now collected in several volumes for a remarkable police drama.