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Quirk, Volume 1: Pulp Friction Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Now he's back in print, this time in full color. I perceive a small production issue at the start of the book (our first views of Quirk seem to me to be more darkly colored than they should be), but fortunately the story quickly rockets beyond that initial scene, the coloring wrinkle is ironed out, and everything else looks ship-shape. Even more fortunately, Freder has created four eccentric-yet-endearing characters (I couldn't very well say "quirky-yet-endearing," now could I?) in Carpy, Sludge, Smith, and the star of the show, and he puts them through their paces with a smile and a wink toward STAR TREK, Silver Age Marvel Comics, and perhaps the greatest detective novelist of all time.
Doing my best to set aside my friendship with its creator and assess Quirk: Pulp Friction on its own merits, I recommend it here as an entertaining read, one that's populated by a charming cast whose potential extends well beyond the printed page (animation studios, take notice!), with appeal to science fiction and comics fans alike.