Stumptown Vol. 2 #1
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Stumptown Vol. 2 #1

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Matthew Southworth Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: September 12, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
8.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

From Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka and acclaimed artist Matthew Southworth comes a new STUMPTOWN mystery! When Mim Bracca, guitar player for the Portland-based rock group Tailhook, returns home from a long tour, she finds not everything made it back with her. Can P.I. Dex Parios track down her missing baby?

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 11, 2012

    In a market flush with so many comics that can be read in 3-5 minutes a piece, experiencing a book that makes you slow down and take it all in " not because it's wordy, but because it's that beautiful " is a rare treat in itself. Don't let this one pass you by. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 17, 2012

    So let's talk the art. It's a little rough but that is a compliment in this case because it brings a realistic feel to the book. This is not the type of comic I would have read in my younger years because there is not a cape in sight. Greg Ruck provides another great example that not all comic books require spandex tights. This was ridiculously close to being my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 11, 2012

    Rucka is rarely better than when he's writing in the crime genre with a strong female lead. Dex Parios and Stumptown #1 is no exception. Rucka and Southworth play with familiar detective tropes, but do it with such charm that you welcome them. Like the busted-up Ford Mustang Dex drives, Stumptown is the book that makes you smile as it drives by. Dents and all, she's a beauty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Sep 12, 2012

    Greg Rucka is a writer you can trust, and he proves why that is so once again here with an excellent opening issue that gives a lot of clues of what's yet to come but still leaves you begging for more. Matt Southworth and Rico Renzi do a brilliant job as Rucka's artistic collaborators, giving Stumptown that gritty yet gorgeous look that made it so recognizable last time around. Go out and get this title. You won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Sep 12, 2012

    Overall, Stumptown V2 #1 surprised and impressed. It has a great story, which is deeper than it sounds. Dex is the best main character I've seen in a long time, she's someone whom you can enjoy reading. This comic will get overlooked when it releases Wednesday due to it being under the radar when compared to the bigger known titles, and that will be a mistake on the buyer's part, it shouldn't be missed. It's a refreshing story. I looked forward to seeing what writer Greg Ruckahas in store for this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Sep 13, 2012

    The first volume of “Stumptown” was great, so is it any surprise that the second volume looks promising in its first issue? I don't think so. Rucka, Southworth, and Renzi have made for us another great comic, because that's what they do. That you don't even need to have read the first volume beforehand is icing on the cake. There's no justifiable reason to purposefully miss out on this comic, so stop reading this review and go get yourself “Stumptown” if you haven't already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 12, 2012

    "Stumptown" #1 is off to a fine start. There are enough threads on this case to keep Dex and every reader busy right up until the end. While the first case was all about family and bonds, this case is more about an individual and the possibility of value assigned to belongings by others. The parts are all assembled in this installment and the next issue will hopefully capitalize with Dex right in the middle of every page as the strangely arresting glue that holds the book together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Sep 12, 2012

    Rucka structures this series in a way that does not require you to have read the first series although there is a tip of the hat to that series. This first issue stands on its own and definitely has sparked the creative flame that the first series was known for. If you like crime mysteries then you’ll love this series as it’s one of the best in comics today. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 14, 2012

    I was left impressed with Matthew Southworth's work after the first volume, which I recall being bold with his line weight and not afraid of shadows, but not ala Mignola, nor any attempt to push Stumptown into noir stylings. Instead, alongside a superb attention to detail (just check out that car Dex sits on on the cover) Southworth brought Portland to life in the pages. He does so again here, but this time his work is more open, with the lines much looser and the shading being left to the colorist. Unfortunately the best description of Rico Renzi's colors I can come up with is muddy. I don't know if there was a printing error but the colors make the pages look fuzzy or washed out and generally unappealing to look at. It's a shame because in black-and-white or duo-tone (like on the cover) I think Southworth's work is incredible. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Sep 10, 2012

    If I had to nitpick it would have to be that I havent had the chance to read Stumptown Vol.1, so I suppose that is why the portion of this issue where Dex turns down a job working for Hector Marenco meant nothing to me. Furthermore, the story develops rather slowly, but the end result proves to be worth the wait. However, neither of these problems have a negative enough impact on the beginning of what should surely be an entertaining Stumptown mystery! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 18, 2012

    A good first issue, but not the greatness I'd hoped for. The creators are reason enough to stick around for issue #2. Read Full Review

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