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It’s the startling conclusion to the debut STUMPTOWN story arc! Private Detective Dex Parios finally placed together all the pieces of the puzzle, only to have the fist of organized crime come in and knock it all to hell. Now Dex doesn’t just have to reacquire the target from her missing person case, but keep herself alive as well! Superstar writer Greg Rucka (WHITEOUT, DETECTIVE COMICS) and hot new artist Matthew Southworth wrap up their first STUMPTOWN adventure with style and surprises!

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Matthew Southworth

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  1. I love this series, but I don’t see how it can keep up with these delays.

  2. Since it’s listed as #4 of 4, I guess it can’t. This is the first I’ve heard of it being a mini-series… that’s too bad, it had great potential.

  3. I guess it’s cancelled after the first arc. Too bad.

  4. Such depressing news that this series is ending after this. When this first came out, I was certain that this was going to be one of my new favorite ongoings, alongside X-Factor and Batman & Robin. I’m glad that each of these issues were as great as they were, but I wish we were getting more.

  5. Has there been official word that this has been canceled? Maybe it will run as a series of mini-series. With all the delays, it seems like it would really benefit from a Queen & Country approach with different artists rotating in for each new story.

  6. @Kirkerson: You’ve got a point there, they could be doing what they do with Hellboy. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next mini though, if that’s the case.

  7. Greg Rucka has ALWAYS said it will be 4 issues then 4 months off then another 4 issues etc.

    he just didn’t plan on the artist taking sooooooooooo long

  8. @petrorabbit – Southworth is amazing. This is one of my favorite books of the last year. They needed to promote it more …


  9. Good news! I thought I just missed #4 when it came out, and figured I’d have to buy the trade. I just saved myself $15. 

  10. "It’s the startling conclusion to the debut STUMPTOWN story arc!"

    The wording is a bit ambigous, but, as Kirkerson and petrorabbit say, this will probably be just the first mini-series.

  11. What an enromous let down. poop on a stick. very disappointing

  12. @edward – no way dude! I hope you’re joking. This has been a great detective story is amazing art. I am most excited for it.

  13. i’m making that tongue blowing noise right now

  14. Well, Rucka said he left DC to work on a variety of pet projects, this being one of them.  So I don’t think it’s cancelled at all.

  15. Yeah, I hope this series goes on and on.  Supreme quality from every aspect of this book.  This book would probably read better in trade unless I reread the singles after every issue comes out, but I have to get my Rucka fix sooner than later.

  16. Aww, last issue? Shame. Why does Rucka tease us with such small runs of awesome books?

  17. The first issue was textbook awesome. 4 months on/4 months off must have been referring to each issue.

  18. I believe each issue was initially set to come out every two months.  The artist is probably taking so long because of his being a neophyte.  His insightful notes fun.  For example in one issue he relates his struggles with trying to perfect the scale proportions between a car and person.  he solves the relative problem by using a toy car and an action figure.  This is insider stuff that i wouldn’t even think about as a reader.  interesting stuff. 

    The protagonist reminds me of a female James Garner from "Rockford Files."  I haven’t seen such great character dev’t since "The Mighty." 

  19. The artist really does some amazing research . That is why it took so long.

  20. Thanks, everyone, for the kind words about Stumptown! 

     Juat want everyone to know it’s NOT cancelled (no one can cancel it but me and Greg!, and we love it)–the book has always been intended to be a series of "cases", usually four issues, then some prep time off, then another four issues.  The delays, some of which were publishing-related, some of which were my fault entirely, have messed up our initial idea of being four monthly issues, then four months off.  

    But we’re working on the next arc right now–and we’re finishing the first three issues before we solicit, so it will be a few months before anything comes out, but when it does, it will be regular.  

    Thanks again to everyone who’s reading it.  It means a lot that you like it.

  21. It’s funny…I just finished reading the issue and was going to relay Mr Southworth’s message at the end of the issue here, but it looks like I was beaten to the punch by the man himself!

    I had alotta fun here. It’s no secret that Rucka can write great hard boiled crime, and does a great job capping off this first arc. He’s also done a hell of a job giving Dex rich characterization, as this issue sealed the deal in making her one of my favorite comic characters. Also, Southworth’s art gives this book a unique flavor, and I love his layouts and use of scene lighting. It’ll be tough waiting for the next arc, but I’m highly looking forward to it!

  22. @chris Note: keep in mind I haven’t read the 4th issue. 

    Is this really considered hard boiled?  I never really got that feeling while reading the first 3.

  23. @vadamowens: It’s not. It’s lighthearted in the ROCKFORD FILES style.

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