The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 5 (July 2012)

Well. There are two red herrings, one predictable reveal and one rather lazy tying off. And a convenient death (or two) and a nonsensical reveal. Churilla manages to end well without much originality. Throughout the series, Churilla has made Cooper sympathetic but not particularly likable. Everyone around him–save the doctor–is more unlikable, so Cooper floats to the top on that one. Those scenes with the cute bear provide all the buoyancy. There’s also a full mix of the real world and the Glut, which doesn’t come off as well it should. Churilla’s clearly pressed for time–had he halved that filler … Continue reading The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 5 (July 2012)

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 4 (June 2012)

It’s a breezy read, probably the breeziest of D.B. Cooper (so far). Churilla’s in the end run now, tying into the famous plane hijacking–or setting up for the tie in. The issue opens with a big action scene, takes a little breather with some talking heads, then moves into two chase sequences. They tie together too. There’s not a lot of exposition, which is nice. While having the doctor around to explain things is a good way to get out the expository dialogue, actual conversations are better. It remains to be seen if Churilla’s going to be able to tie … Continue reading The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 4 (June 2012)

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 3 (May 2012)

This issue is mostly talking heads. Churilla toggles between Cooper in the real world, his CIA nemesis in the real world, and the Glut. The structure helps the issue move, since most of the talking is repeating things from the previous issue. There’s actually a few pages when the CIA nemesis talks about it, then Cooper asks the doctor if the CIA nemesis is out there talking about. But the structure’s strong enough Churilla’s able to hide seventy percent of the issue is complete filler. The art’s the key to that pacing. When the Glut breaks through to the real … Continue reading The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 3 (May 2012)

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 2 (April 2012)

Churilla still hasn’t made the D.B. Cooper detail integral to the comic book. The comic’s called The Secret Life of D.B. Cooper, by the way, so one assumes Churilla knows he has to work it in or piss off readers. Or maybe not. D.B. Cooper works just fine without plain hijackings and parachutes and ransom money. Churilla fleshes out the details–the dream world Cooper visits is called “The Glut,” which is a pretty cool name and does distinguish from Dreamscape. He also plays with the monsters and their Soviet analogues, getting in a good surprise this issue. Churilla even knows … Continue reading The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 2 (April 2012)

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 1 (March 2012)

Brian Churilla has either seen Dreamscape or somehow picked it up in the ether. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper features a D.B. Cooper who travels into people’s psyches through dreams and assassinates them. The CIA pays him for it (another Dreamscape connection) and he hangs out with a cute little, talking teddy bear. In other words, it’s not the most original thing, but Churilla handles it beautifully. He opens the issue with a flash forward–he plays a lot with time–and retells the hijacking story. He also does very well with the seventies time period, especially the Soviets. Not a … Continue reading The Secret History of D.B. Cooper 1 (March 2012)