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Stumptown – The Case of the Girl who took away the Shampoo, Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth | Review

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Published on Mar 19, 2020

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Strong arrival on the Italian screens, on Fox, its tv adaptation, starring the beautiful Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Agents of SHIELD), Edizioni BD port on the shelves of comics stores and libraries that own the first graphic novel in the series Stumptown by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth entitled The Case of the girl who took away the shampoo (but left the Mini).

Dexedrine “Dex” Parios is a private investigator in Portland is not particularly fortunate, especially at the game table.

To pay the owner of the local casino and offers to track down one of his granddaughters disappearance. With the offer Dex agrees but soon you will realize that it seemed like a simple escape of love hides the other.

The clues, in fact, confusing the Dex: why make a suitcase, albeit improvised, but leave the car? They will also be the bullets from the right, but the investigator senses that he is not the only one that is looking for the girl.

Going backwards, Dex discovers that the girl is immischiata in a bad ride that involves a powerful family of businessmen connected to the MS-13.

Everyone wants to this girl who proves more elusive than expected, and Dex will have to draw upon all his skills to not only detective but also a player, with a series of bluff, and put it in the safe.

As always, everything is driven by two factors of primordial passion and greed.

Greg Rucka is one of the performers most refined of the noir and hard-boiled comic modern, and with this Stumptown she distills more effectively the formula, purifying it of any influence and by returning to its origins, which are in writers like Raymond Chandler with his digit.

The protagonist Dex Parios is the perfect archetype of the investigator and tormented, but that does not forgo the irony of the situation, which with the passing of the pages now becomes grotesque now macabre.

It is in the interweaving of the plot, however, is that the Character shows his skill by placing a series of elements which, in a way that is as surgical as clear are fulfilled in a narrative that is always timely and in a climax satisfying and fulfilling.

Stumptwon – The Case of the girl who took away the shampoo (but left the Mini) is a reading rock-solid, fast-paced and cutting a distinctly television. If you are a lover of noir and of the procedural, don't miss this volume!

To accompany the Character, there are the pencils stylized and “dirty” by Matthew Southworth. The stretch of the designer is perfect for the screenplay, drafted by the writer, which certainly makes for clarity in the storytelling the strong point of “giving up” to an action as an end in itself and focusing instead on the effective proxemics.

Honorable mention must be made also to colorist Lee Loughridge, Rico Renzi, and the same Matthew Southworth. Their work, in fact, moves on the coordinate precise or enhancing the atmosphere by changing the primary hues of their palettes going from blue to ochre, to orange and to green by the various moments of the investigation by the memories, the collection of clues to the various confrontations with suspects.

Excellent the package volume column produced by Edizioni BD, with a beautiful cover of “rubberised”. Also good is the translation and adaptation, the volume is known for the extensive presence of extras including a short story in black-and-white.

Stumptown – The Case of the Girl who took away the Shampoo, Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth | Review of MangaForever.net

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