Whatta Book: Rust


An old family farm, a small family having trouble doing all the work of harvesting the crops, and jet packs. Not a story you’ve heard a million times already.  The last time someone crashed from the sky onto a farm, he became one of the most enduring super heroes ever.  Who knows what will become of Jet Jones, who crashes into the Taylor family farm, but he does come crashing out of the sky into Roman Talyor’s barn.  Strange indeed, and wouldn’t it be great if there were time to investigate.  Unfortunately, a hulking robot soon arrives looking to finish him off!  This robot appears to be a relic of an old war, where armies made many robot soldiers.  But that was a long time ago…

Royden Lepp’s graphic novel is the first installment of the mysteries of Jet Jones, and the war he came from.  The auburn and sepia artwork feels old and familiar, making the robotic elements seem extra creepy.  The robots and farm life transport you to an alternate 1940’s or 50’s, and the way Mr. Lepp spaces everything – from the paces the story to the generous distances between farmhouses to the wide open fields – gives you a great sense of a much bigger world than just what you see on the pages.  That’s a compelling element which matches Jet Jones’ personal mystery.  This story is great, the artwork is excellent and hopefully the next installments will not take forever to arrive.

by Royden Lepp
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : – Archaia Entertainment
Pages: 191
ISBN: 1936393271

And here is the creator discussing his favorite cookies at Comicon 2011:

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