Thursday, September 03, 2009


The Zeppelin Pulps

The final issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's first Incognito miniseries came out yesterday. Oversized and dense with awesomeness, it was a perfect capper to this first story in the Incognito world. Honestly, if you're a fan of pulp heroes, or Wold-Newton-style metafiction, or just terrific action stories, you owe it to yourself to pick up the trade when it comes out in a few months. As much as I like Brubaker and Phillips's Criminal, I love me some Incognito.

But as if the comic itself weren't worth the price of admission (and it is), each issue contains nifty little essays by the internet's own Jess Nevins about various pulp archetypes, and in this final issue, Jess finally busts loose and breaks the bank.

Jess has posted an expanded version of the essay online, detailing the short and glorious history of the zeppelin pulps, and it is definitely worth checking out. (I'll give you a hint, though. You maybe shouldn't believe everything that you read online...)

What a lovely thing this is, loved the full version of the essay. Jess certainly has the chops to go off into the aether with this material...
As I've often said, if Jess Nevins did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.
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