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Kings of Grass

Tragic lives and a rural mystery on journey for retribution

Comics are often about building new worlds. These fictional societies have their own sets of rules and order. And they don’t always have to be fantastical. Sometimes they’re a slice of a world that’s under-exposed. Such is the case in Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins new comic Grass Kings.

Grass Kings
Grass Kings

In Grass Kings #1 we are introduced to the Grass Kingdom, a small patch of land that does not recognize the authority or rules of the United States. Grass Kingdom has a longstanding feud with neighboring town Cargill. The citizens of Grass Kingdom are viewed as squatters illegally possessing the land.

The Promised Land?

The central conflict of the book revolves around Cargill’s sheriff and the two brothers who run Grass Kingdom. Bruce and Robert inherited the kingdom from their family who’s possessed the land since World War I. Robert is the king and Bruce is the sheriff in charge of protecting the land from Cargill.

The relationship between Robert and Bruce is a tenuous one at best. Robert lost his daughter and has fallen into alcoholism to deal with his grief. This puts pressure on Bruce to look out for the well being of the town and his brother.

Kindt’s script generates a lot of conflict right from the start. This is a book with a great deal of narrative setup at work. It’s a family drama and a crime story. But it’s also a mystery.

Kindt’s writing pairs extremely well with Jenkin’s exceptional artwork. The hazy water colored images strike a beautiful balance between detailed and dreamlike. This is especially true as the book shifts into flashback scenes.

Overall, this a strong first issue that does a great job of establishing setting and characters. It also leaves enough threads for readers to continue to pick up future issues.

SEE WHAT’S NEXT IN GRASS KINGDOM AND PRE-ORDER GRASS KINGS #2

Grass Kings #1, Boom! Studios, Released March 8, 2017, Written by Matt Kindt, Art by Tyler Jenkins, $3.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.