Saturday, October 16, 2021

Jerry Smith:

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The Unusual Suspects


Genre: Super-heroes, Anthology

It’s an anthology comic. It’s a benefit comic. It covers multiple genres and time periods. Yet it’s actually a good read. The Unusual Suspects is a one-shot special published to benefit The Hero Initiative, an organization set up to assist aging comic book creators in need. Framed around a writer and his friend talking in a diner, writer Dan Wickline leads readers through an imaginative mix of characters and worlds. As the writer describes some of his more outrageous recent ideas (with a skeptical waitress providing color), each story idea is illustrated by a different artist. And Wickline delivers some outrageous ideas. Murderous ex-presidents, a psychiatrist leading group therapy for monsters, clueless superheroes, tough-guy aliens, and gun-toting Amish farmers are all represented in Wickline’s reserved, tongue-in-cheek style. A fun book for a worthwhile cause.

The Unusual Suspects

Image, 2007


Jerry Smith is a writer, video producer and sales rep living in the wilds of Burlington, KY. His parents bought him a few comics to page through at age four and he’s never looked back. Even after discovering girls. According to ComicBase, his collection today is pushing 20,000 books, with additions every week. A lover of the hobby and the entire comics medium, Jerry still feels that every Wednesday is like Christmas. Thoughts and comments are always welcome at

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