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The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 1 (March 2012)

859429Brian Churilla has either seen Dreamscape or somehow picked it up in the ether. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper features a D.B. Cooper who travels into people’s psyches through dreams and assassinates them. The CIA pays him for it (another Dreamscape connection) and he hangs out with a cute little, talking teddy bear.

In other words, it’s not the most original thing, but Churilla handles it beautifully. He opens the issue with a flash forward–he plays a lot with time–and retells the hijacking story. He also does very well with the seventies time period, especially the Soviets.

Not a lot happens in the issue–most of the panels are spent on a lengthy fight sequence–but Churilla fills it out. The character interplay between Cooper and the teddy bear’s a good way to handle exposition.

The series’s off to a fine start. Nice art too.


Writer, artist and colorist, Brian Churilla; letterer, Ed Brisson; editor, James Lucas Jones; publisher, Oni Press.

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