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DON’T MISS: The Tattered Man with Justin Gray

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Running Time: 00:26:07

This week Paul talks to Justin Gray, co-writer with Jimmy Palmiotti on acclaimed DC titles like Jonah Hex, Power Girl, and Freedom Fighters. The pair have also written some wildly inventive creator owned works like the slasher thriller Random Acts of Violence (being adapted for the big screen by actor Jay Baruchel) and the time travel adventure Time Bomb. Their latest indie creation is The Tattered Man, a one-shot horror story with seeds in the Holocaust. David is not the typical superhero, but the vengeful powers he's imbued with aren't quite so mild mannered themselves. Justin also talks about the methods of inspiring fear and dread on the comics page, the horrific scenes he's been able to get away with in Jonah Hex, and  an upcoming western/sci-fi mashup called Trailblazer.

The Tattered Man
Story by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art by Nortberto Fernandez
$4.99 – Image Comics

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  1. I pulled it as soon as I heard Jimmy talking about it on his podcast.  Sounds like good, creepy fun.

  2. It’s gonna have to be a lot better than Freedom Fighters to garner my interest.

  3. Acclaimed titles like… Freedom Fighters? Acclaimed by who? That book got cancelled because it was horrible.

  4. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @player1  It got cancelled because it was unpopular. There’s a difference. I read and enjoyed Freedom Fighters and it did get positive critical reviews. In fairness, it didn’t garner the same kind of critical attention as Power Girl or Jonah Hex. It’s also a very different book than this one. 

  5. It was unpopular because it sucked. If it got positive critical reviews, then I wouldn’t trust those critics’ opinions. They must not’ve been reading the same title that I was. It certainly didn’t even begin to approach the quality of the Vertigo series.

  6. @player1  Nah, it was unpopular because it featured unpopular characters. That’s pretty much how the comics market works these days, excepting a few outliers.

  7. I’m not sure if people like Uncle Sam was ever considered ‘popular’…

  8. @conor: Did you read it? As a fan of the characters, I bought every issue. It certainly wasn’t up to the standard of Palmiotti and Gray’s other work. Their run on Power Girl was much better written, and the art was much better, too. Of course Power Girl had Amanda Connor on art, so it was pretty wonderful. The characterizations in Freedom Fighters were wooden, the characters made speeches instead of engaging in dialogue, the locations seemed shoehorned in for no reason, and the art was ragged-looking, with borderless panels and a bunch of other neato tricks which did nothing to advance the storytelling.

    I wish them well, and hope that their next efforts aren’t quite so phoned in. Characters can become popular if a book rewards the reader’s efforts. Freedom Fighters did not. Cheers.

  9. @player1  I did read it. It was okay. As you say, not as good as their other work.

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