Yep, BuyIndieComics.com is a site about indie comics and creators so it makes sense that we’d gush over Brian Buccellato‘s Foster rather than his work on DC’s The Flash. But there’s a story to this that I want to share with you that makes my praise of Foster that much more impactful. My interest in the comparison of The Flash and Foster starts over a year ago when I decided to read and review all of The New 52′s first issues - these reviews were in many ways the beginning of BuyIndieComics.com and it is to me strange that I’d revisit these reviews to discuss Foster.
When I first read The Flash #1, I was, as my review indicates, not impressed. The Flash was as many DC books are, overwritten with way too much text, especially for a book about a guy that runs very fast. The book was slow and plodding and essentially had everything wrong with it that I saw with most mainstream comics at the time. So, it was completely dismissed by me, until I found myself sitting next to Buccellato at this year’s one day Long Beach Comic Expo.
Buccellato was popular and his table was constantly busy and I could not understand why. The Flash had been so bad. Admittedly, the art in The Flash is smooth and pretty so I thought maybe that was it – Buccellato aptly handles the colors on that book. But I also noticed that Buccellato was selling a cool looking indie project. Eventually, he and I got to talking and he handed me a couple copies of Foster for review. Partially because I worried that Foster was going to be as bad as The Flash and because my stack of unread books is constantly growing, it took a few months for me to get to Foster. I wish I hadn’t waited that long.
Foster #1 had me at the metaphor of the title but the smoothness of the writing and the absolutely appropriate art will keep me coming back. Three issues in, Foster is about a down and out drunk that takes up the responsibility, protection and parenting of a young kid who is somehow tied into and stalked by vicious monsters that lurk in the shadows of the city. The books flows incredibly well. Buccellato’s smart paneling and sparse dialogue let Noel Tuazon’s tell an amazing story. There are in fact, several pages that have absolutely no text on them and this allows Tuazon to set an amazing tone for this book about monsters and difficult topics.
So, Foster firmly proves to me that there is some amazing talent in The Big 2 but it also reminds me that indies are an incredible place to find wonderful, otherwise overlooked stories. Foster firmly asserts to me that Buccellato should be writing more books – even in The Big 2. But I also want to say that Tuazon, the genius artist on Foster should be visualizing more books for us as well. I look forward to reading the trade for Foster as well as any other books that Buccellato and Tuazon produce.