PREVIEW: Mudman #1 by Paul Grist

Mudman #1British comic creator Paul Grist is known not only for his distinctive cartooning style, but for bringing to life unique characters and stories to life. I first came across Grist’s work with his crime series Kane, and for the past few years I’ve been enjoying his wacky take on patriotic super heroes with Jack Staff.  But this week sees a brand new series, and a brand new character from Paul Grist: Mudman.

Image Comics provided us with an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming first issue, which hits comic stands this Wednesday. Mudman looks to be, like Jack Staff, another foray into the world of super heroes for Grist, but this time with the teen super hero genre.

Mudman is Owen Craig, whose body appears to be turning into mud while he’s just trying to get through is first day of school and deal with the fact that his father, a police officer has been taken prisoner by bank robbers.  Sounds like just the typical comic book teen.

Anyone who’s been reading Jack Staff recently knows that Grist is able to combine dynamic layouts and inventive storytelling methods, along with a bit of the wacky, so who knows what we can expect with Mudman.  By the looks of the cover of issue one and the preview below, whatever it is looks like it will be a superhero comic unlike any one you’re reading.

Mudman #1
Story and Art by Paul Grist
$3.50 – Image Comics

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  1. AAAAAAAAAAAHHH! So excited!

  2. i love the art in this. The third page on the second row…thats just great stuff. I’m totally going to check this out.

  3. I love Paul Grist. I hope he makes comics for the rest of my life.

  4. I’m sad Jack Staff went away (it had such a unique feel to i), but I hope this will be awesome, too. I didn’t remember to sign up for this at my store, so they better have one on the racks or I will be sad.

  5. The thing i really like about Paul Grist is that he doesn’t just set all of his stories in London. Almost all stories set in England seem to be set in London and it’s not just American writers, a lot of English writers do it too. It’s nice that someone realises there is more to England than just London, even if his settings are fictitious. (Although, i prefer fictitious locations in my superhero comics; give me Gotham, Metropolis or Opal City over Marvel’s New York any day).