If you’ve ever heard me go on about comics, you’ll know how much i love i have for Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen series. I rave about it and i do so for good reason. I think it’s one of the most innovative books on the market today. The story is compelling on so many levels as it blends an intelligent amount of social commentary with a pulpy, noir, detective air all set in a Blade Runner-esque future. The characters all have a tremendous level of depth and their backstory helps give the reader a strong emotional tie to them.
The newest collected edition of Elephantmen collects issues 51 through 55 in a standalone arc that is, quite frankly, Starkings’ best work on the series to date. The story is self-contained and there’s enough backstory given in the context of the plot that new readers can easily jump in with both feet and follow along. It’s really a perfect jumping on spot for anyone interested in checking out what the series is about. The tale follows our hero, Hip Flask, as he partners with Farrell, a private detective who just happens to be saddled with an imaginary ex-girlfriend, to solve the murder of two genetic scientists. What starts as a futuristic detective tale turns into a rather poignant love story marred by genetic and technocratic manipulation. And that’s as far as my spoilers for this one go!
I can’t recommend this book enough for people who love great comic books. Boo Cook’s covers are incredible and Axel Medellin’s interiors are warm and intoxicating all around. Add to the mix that the whole kit and caboodle will run you a whopping $9.99 and i can pretty much assure you you can’t go wrong with this one!