Proof: The Company of Men

Cover2009 | Image

Writing: Alexander Grecian
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colour: Fiona Staples | Adam Guzowski
Letters: Alexander Grecian

Collects issues 6-9.

Ginger, Elvis, and Proof set off to Africa to rescue a dinosaur targeted by big game hunters. Unfortunately, it was all a trap to capture Proof and serve him up as dinner at a banquet.

After reading the first trade, I imediately set into the second. It took me a bit of time to get through, mostly having other things vying for space on my proverbial entertainment platter, but it was a nice savoury piece of betrayal, drama, and satisfying conclusions. I never suspected anyone at the lodge of being a traitor. Not so soon into things, and it just came out of nowhere. Nicely done.

What they did with the Colonel at the end of that mess I found to be quite satisfying. Will he be causing more trouble in the future? Probably. I don’t see why he wouldn’t and he seems bent on escape. I suppose we shall see.

I’m not sure how I feel about Elvis cutting his hair and getting that makeover. It doesn’t look like him at all. I’ll agree it is good to make a good first impression, but he’s already met Ginger and if you’re gonna dress nice and stuff, you want to at least still be true to yourself, right? I liked his weird style.

Oh well.

 

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Proof: Goatsucker

Cover2009 | Image

Writing: Alexander Grecian
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colour: Tyler Jenkins | Riley Rossmo
Letters: Alexander Grecian

Collects issues 1-5.

Agent John Prufrock, Proof, is a sasquatch, a sasquatch that happens to work for The Lodge, an organisation that investigates and works with the strange creatures that live in our world. Proof receives a new partner and investigates a sighting of the chupacabra. 

Riley Rossmo earned a place on my art stalking list when i first read this book. I really like it and I need to see what else he’s worked on. I really like his style and the creatures in the habitat, the faeries and that awful devil were magical things. Of course, there’s also the Goatsucker herself. I really need more. I currently only have the first two trades.

In an episode of Comic Chat, I had spoken about comics that could make great television shows. Proof is one of them. It’s intelligent, interesting, and everything is believable. They provide enough for everything to be reasonably explained in a non-supernatural manner. These are all normal creatures without magic or any other hocus-pocus tomfoolery. I think there’d be great appeal for this and it could be quite good with the right people on it.

One can dream.

This trade collects the first story of the series, Goatsucker, which entails tracking down the chupacabra who keeps changing skin while also getting us familiar with the Lodge and what it does. It also sets us up for the future with something very strange going on. The Goatsucker and a resident of the habitat all spoke of the same thing and eluded to some future mystery. Oh, curiosity!

It’s an excellent read for anyone who likes urban legends and I highly recommend it.

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