Rex Libris # 9
Created by James Turner;
Slave Labor Graphics (SLG Publishing)
Every time I sit down to write about Rex Libris, I’m left bewildered. It doesn’t fit into any of the usual comic book categories. Any attempt at a reasonable plot summary is near impossible, as they all start with, “See, there’s this dimension-hopping, time-travelling librarian …” And, the book has so many subtle comedic moments and allusions, that no amount of explanation really captures its brilliance. In addition to all that, it’s the first comic book to include the famous Wilhelm scream. Truly amazing stuff. So, if you’re not buying Rex Libris, you should. It’s one of the best comics out there, and as it only comes out quarterly, you won’t break the bank by adding it to your pull list.
Of special note for #9 is Andrea Speed’s “The Blackburn Legacy” short story in the back of the issue. It’s well-written and creepy and made me turn on an extra light when I was done with it. It’s horror done right. I’ll need to search out more of Speed’s work, as this little two pager was amazing.