Don’t forget that there is a world of comics out there and quite a few of them, in fact too many according to my wallet, need your attention. Below is an article that went out on last week’s mailer that a few of you may not yet have seen. I thought that I could start talking about books that I am excited to see. This one had me returning early to my ‘No More Kickstarters for a While’ self imposed hiatus from the crowdfunding comics world.
But... it’s Tim Truman my brain was telling me!
And showing what it truly is to be someone worth admiration I also received a great DM from the man himself and from Ben (his co creator and son) saying how much they appreciated the mention and how excited they are about the project. Ain’t comics grand!
I’ve been hearing about this for some months now and done the whole thing of signing up for the mailer, commenting on the art teasing Facebook posts and even contacting the creator on Direct Messaging.
Yes Fuck Nuggets! Scout is back!
Here is what Tim and Ben Truman have to say about the story:
’The future: The land once known as America has spiraled into decay, devolving into a splintered collection of independent governments. In the Sonora Desert, a new regime has gained dominance: The Corporate Alliance of Southwestern States, led by oligarch Patricia Nevermore. Seeking to create an industrial empire, Nevermore has ordered all able-bodied citizens within Alliance-controlled territory to serve a year of public service in the government's factories. Using bio-engineered tracking animals and up-armored MAG security robots, roving mercenary units round up holdouts and cart them to the Alliance's industrial complexes. Thus far, only the hidden, self-sufficient farming community of Lapida has escaped their notice.
Then a mysterious, lone hijacker begins preying on Alliance supply convoys. The locals call this fleeting, ghost-like being "the Marauder". Outraged, Nevermore orders her security forces into the desert to hunt him down.
Fifteen years have passed since Emanuel Santana–AKA Scout–set out with his two young sons on a journey across a shattered country. Branded a terrorist by some and a hero by others, Scout was finally ambushed and killed by government troops. Wounded during the battle, his oldest son, Tahzey, was rescued by one of Scout's allies, militant missionary Rev. Sand Dog Yuma. However, Scout's youngest son, Victorio, was never found and was presumed dead.
Now Tahzey is 20–a wandering scholar and grifter, possessing only a backpack full of memories and the black market cybernetic arm and eye that replaced those he'd lost when his father was killed. He avoids the use of guns, blaming them for all the misfortune that he's seen in the world. Raised by Rev. Yuma and thus denied his father's traditional Apache teachings, Tahzey tries to find his roots and a purpose in a ravaged world.’
Anyone who has heard me talk knows that I am a huge fan of Tim Truman and his son Ben. I’ve searched out and bought his work on Scout and Scout: War Shaman as well as books like Hawken, Hawkworld, Jonah Hex, Grimjack and many more. He is a fucking rock star of the medium. Tim’s art style is action based grittiness, his characters are full of nasty shoot you in the face bombastic attitude. He is most at home in this sci-if western environment in my humble opinion.
Ever since I read ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West’ by Dee Brown I have had an avid interest in the history of the people native to the (now named) American continents. Their story is heartbreaking and full of honour. Tim, and now with his son Ben, continue in this history of the men and women with that thousand yard stare. It gives me chills reading these stories. But they are also full of action and the odd poke at modern society, big business and war mongers. The men and women of this story spit their anger out with venom. They make big and often violent actions. Life is cheap and the scrabble to survive can be seen in the eyes of all involved.