Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jay Faerber
Art, Cover: Scott Godlewski
Colours: Ron Riley
Lettering: Thomas Mauer
Copperhead is a mining town (and yes, they do mine copper) in an apparently quiet planet with a somewhat desert-like climate. The new Sheriff Clara Bronson started her working relation with huge, hairy Deputy Budroxfinicus on the wrong foot, but everything seems better now. Point is, the Deputy is… not human (his race has never been mentioned), and his people fought humanity in a war not too long before the events in this series. Budroxfinicus himself was a soldier – and he seems to think that this might be the reason why he is still a Deputy.
Besides her duty as a Sheriff, Clara is also struggling to cope with her duties as a single mother to Zeke – but at the end of issue #5 she finally found a very efficient baby-sitter in Missus Sewell, another alien creature (green, with one eye and looking a lot like a discarded draft of a horror version of Barbapapa) whose whole family was murdered – actually, Sheriff Bronson’s investigations of their murder was the driving point of the first story arc.
In this sixth issue of Copperhead we find Clara and Boo (that’s what Zeke calls Budroxfinicus, who seems to have decided to accept the nickname) following some criminal – or at least so we assume – at breakneck speed. Sheriff Bronson risks her life to capture him, surviving a high speed crash, but Mr. Hickory, the Boss Hogg-like owner of the copper mines who virtually runs the whole of Copperhead, decides not to press charges as he got what he wanted: the return of certain blueprints the fugitive had stolen. Needless to say, Sheriff Bronson is not exactly happy to let him go.
From what we can see from this issue, this second story arc seems to be very different from the previous – more focussed on the characters and their personal life issues and goals rather than on an investigation around and because of which we also get a glimpse of the characters’ lives.
I find it difficult to address the art in this series: while the landscapes, the buildings, the technology and every single alien creature are perfectly detailed, his human characters seem just a little… too geometric. This is not enough to consider it disappointing, but it is noticeable.
This sixth issue of Copperhead is a good one to start reading the series from, with it being the start of a new story arc and all: take the chance!