Local #3

February 13, 2006 | Comics


Local #3 (of 12)
Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly
Oni Press
$2.99 US
**** (out of five)

Every city’s got a story to tell and Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly are the ones you want telling it.
After engaging looks at Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis, writer Wood and artist Kelly continue their highly original look at American cities and the people who live in them with a stop in Richmond, Va., where the members of the band, Theories And Defenses, have just announced their breakup and returned home after years of living abroad.
With a smooth pace, the story unfolds the lives of the Frank, Bridget, Kevin and Ross as they each decide what comes next after life at the top and how their hometown fits into that.
Local is just more proof that Wood is one of the up-and-coming writing talents in comics today. With critically acclaimed works like Demo under his belt and Local and his new Vertigo book DMZ ongoing, 2006 may be the year he finally gets some of the spotlight he so richly deserves.

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