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Duster (SIGNED) Hardcover – 2015
In the closing days of World War II, a widowed housewife turned cropduster pilot struggles to rescue her teenage daughter from a band of Nazi war criminals who crash near her small Texas farm. Duster is an action-packed graphic novel about the forging of the post-war American woman!
This edition contains the 215 page graphic novel, two prequel stories, exclusive behind-the-scenes design material, art by CHARLIE ADLARD (The Walking Dead), CARLA SPEED MCNEIL (Finder) and others, with a cover by comics legend HOWARD CHAYKIN (American Flagg, Black Kiss), and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author MARTIN OLSON (Adventure Time Encyclopaedia).
"I'm completely, nail-bitingly, breath-holdingly on the edge of my seat. Action, suspense, humanity, drama, blood, love and heroics. Micah Ian Wright’s coming back to comics, and he and his partners are throwing one hell of a party. Don’t miss this terrific book." - KURT BUSIEK (Astro City, The Avengers)
"Biplanes + Nazis + Kick-Ass Heroine = Duster. Simple math. Awesome equation." - GREG RUCKA (Queen & Country, Wonder Woman)
"Reading Lender and Wright's writing is riding a rollercoaster designed by an evil prankster, but one who knows just how much madness and violence you can stomach and still enjoy the ride." - MARTIN OLSON (Encyclopaedia of Hell)
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Another obvious but fantastic part of this story is how true it is today. We fight lots of evils in our world (both physical and theoretical) and the way we approach them shows the type of person we are how we want this world to function.
Thank you to the writers and artists for making such a brilliant story come to life. I recommend this book to anyone, comic fans and other readers alike.
Widow Jo Baker has taken a job as a crop-duster to support her daughter and father, during the second world war; scandalizing his conservative neighbors in the process. Jo's life is filled with a daughter who is not happy with her mom working, a sheriff boyfriend who struggles with Jo's defiant nature (such as refusing to abide by a no-fly order), and nosey neighbors who are not happy with the sudden rise of working women, performing jobs normally performed by men.
However, even as the war in Europe comes to an end, horrible storm clouds are on the horizon: Nazis looking to sell a nuclear scientist to the US Government sneak into the US by airplane and attract the attention of Jo, leading to conflict. Forced to land in Jo's town, the Nazis hold those close to Jo hostage as Jo and her boyfriend struggle to free them.
Micah Wright, who most comic fans might remember for his work on "Stormwatch: Team Achilles" series, does well capturing small town life and the life of quiet desperation as Jo's desire for a new life causes conflict with her family and loved ones. As Jo struggles with her own wants and needs, Wright pushes her into a scenario where Jo must save those in her town, who judge her negatively for her decision to make a living and not live off the labor of men.
Wright gives a nuance take on this proto-feminism by having the main figure in Jo's life that is not happy with her feminism be Jo's own daughter. Similarly, Wright writes several of the Nazi characters in a sympathetic light and offers a glimpse to the shady dealings the US government made with Nazis after the war. And the graphic novel does a great job capturing the scenes with Jo in her plane, as well as her dogfight with the Nazis.
The comic world has been waiting for Wright for ages to come back to the medium. With Duster, Wright proves his talent with a story just as good as his work on "Stormwatch".