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Next Town Over by Erin Mehlos

March 2, 2012

A bit of the artwork from the comic

Like a twisted version of Coyote and Roadrunner,* Ms. Vane Black is chasing John Henry Hunter across a magical version of the American Southwest, and she will stop at nothing until she kills him.

The visuals for this comic are gorgeous.  Just look at this.  Mehlos does something with the coloring so the grasses and live oaks of the Old West seem to glow from the page.  There’s a lot of fire magic involved in this story, and it sure benefits from the treatment.  Even if this comic didn’t have any plot to it, I’d recommend people go look at it just for the pretty colors.  There is a plot, though.

The other thing I like about this comic is that Vane is a badass, but she isn’t a babe.  In fact, she looks kind of sick and the other characters notice.  But Vane doesn’t need to be gorgeous to show people who’s boss.

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* I’m not kidding about the Coyote and Roadrunner.  There’s a bit where Vane tries to lure Hunter into a cart full of dynamite.

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