Even with my obsessive love for indie comics, I’ve missed out on some of the notable creators like Paul Grist. He’s made a bit of a name for himself on titles with long lives like Jack Staff and Kane. However, I could not let a title like Mudman slip through my fingers – notwithstanding the name of the main character sounding like he should/could be a Spider-man villain. Mudman is a self-aware comic title, doing what it can to talk about super-heroes in a medium that has been muddied by excessive makes and remakes of the same XYZ-man characters over and over again.
Mudman has found a way to climb out of the quagmire of repetition to be original even if it reminds of some of its contemporaries like Invincible and Luther Strode – but at the same time, that could just be the in-house super-powered-beings vibe that Image is building. Mudman has that same cartoony vsiuals juxtaposed by moments/panels/pages/entire issues of ultraviolence that Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino could have only made movies about. The writing of Mudman is not as simple as I might be alluding too though.
Mudman starts simple with kids being kids, trashing the local abandoned house but things get complicated when one of them is scared from the property by gunfire. Grist complicates matters wonderfully with his storytelling by not only allowing the reader to question the main character’s sense of reality but also telling the same story from multiple perspectives in new and unique ways that don’t cause the tale to drag needlessly. Mudman makes for a fun read, especially if you’re looking for something unique in the superhero genre.