The first issue of The Secret History of D.B. Cooper landed in stores last week, and the reviews have been rolling in. Everyone is getting on board with the mystery!
* “Oni put out some of our favorite books of 2011 (One Soul, Petrograd, Sixth Gun), and they’re starting off 2012 with what looks to be another winner…The Secret History of D.B. Cooper has a chance to use real-world figures and politics to tell a crazy-ass, fantasy sci-fi thriller of a comic. And, really, isn’t that what history is for?” – Tyler Kane, Paste Magazine
* “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is the comic people say they can’t find; well, here it is. Enjoy it. The story is the type of fun you’d need to commit an illegal act to find elsewhere, the art is top quality and the entire package is one hell of a show. Four Stars.” – Ryan K. Lindsay, Comic Book Resources
* “…a premise as high-concept as they come, and a plot steeped in intrigue and mystery…The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1 is a stunning debut that takes an enigmatic historical event, and builds a thrilling adventure around it that will surprise readers at every turn. It’s Brian Churilla’s best work to date, and I can’t wait to see where he takes the story next. 10/10.” – Edwared Kaye, Newsarama.com
* “D.B. Cooper is the perfect person to write a comic book about. And so far, I’m impressed with Brian Churilla’s utterly bizarre and out there take on the man, because it’s not quite what you’d expect.” – Greg McElhatton, Read About Comics
* “A mind-bending and quickly paced spy-game odyssey, Secret History shows off everything you could want Churilla to give you in an introductory issue. Churilla proved himself as quite the talent to watch with his work on The Anchor, We Kill Monsters and Brian Clevinger’s all-ages Infinity Gauntlet retelling, but this one issue steps it up a notch from all angles. With it’s exploration of the strange and ethereal to the tune of Churilla’s evocative and beautifully shaded yet somehow still bright illustrations, the book begins an intriguing mystery that leaves you questioning what you read by the time you get to the final page. It’s a smart comic, and a very sharp one at that which begs multiple reads, and the final page beyond the last panel offers up even more questions…If you’re up for mysteries, high flying action, monsters, drugs and teddy ears, you’ll feel right at home in The Secret History of D. B. Cooper.” – Matthew Mevlikhov, Multiversity Comics
* “…a spectacular new comic stemming from a creator’s singular vision and effort. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is wildly entertaining read. It’s goofy and grotesque, mysterious and manic. Writer/artist Brian Churilla uses a fascinating footnote in history as a launching pad for a surreal adventure full of international espionage and monster hunting, complete with a teddy-bear sidekick.” – Don MacPherson, Eye on Comics
“There’s nothing better than an American mystery and the world of D.B. Cooper is exactly that.” – iFanboy
“Pretty wild stuff.” – Andy Khouri, Comics Alliance
“4/5″ – Comic Bastards
“Churrila’s storytelling is tight. He moves the story along rapidly, never lingering too long in one place. He keeps us guessing what is happening until the last moment, then springs the revelation on us like steel trap! The story is fun, exciting, and everything a reader could hope for.” – Stumptown Trade Review
“I can honestly say that I have no idea where this story is going and that gets me excited…I hope you do give it a go because it’s weird, fun and a little bit horrible. Exactly the kind of thing I want to read more of.” – Scruffy Fiction
“Writer/artist Brian Churilla architects a startling vision that alludes to mind trip movies like Inception and The Matrix but still retains a sense of originality. What’s most impressive is the suspense Churilla shapes and sustains as Cooper travails the terrain and keeps us trying to figure out exactly how the events in the cerebral sphere will effect the real world.” – Broken Frontier
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Intrigued? The second issue of The Secret Adventures of D.B. Cooper is just around the corner. Buy it on April 18, 2012. For additional reading, check out this interview with Brian over at Spandexless.
And meet Brian Churilla at Emerald City Comic Con on March 30-April 1.