British 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.
Story and Art by Paul Grist
$3.50 – Image Comics
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