Graphic Novel Review: Grass Kings Volume 1
Posted on November 15, 2018 at 8:12 am by Gene Ambaum
Grass Kings Volume One by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. BOOM! Studios, 2018. 978168415115. Reprints #1-#6 of the series. 176pp including a cover gallery and additional artwork. https://amzn.to/2JYpDxJ
The Grass Kingdom isn’t too far from the city of Cargill, on some land by the sea. It’s a place full of people seeking the freedom to live as they like. They’re ruled by Robert, but he’s been doing way too much drinking since he lost his daughter and his wife. The Kingdom is surviving because it has an airport and everything its residents need, including its own police officer. After Robert gives shelter to a woman on the run, all hell breaks loose. The Sheriff of Cargill wants her back, and sends in a thug, Big Dan, to provoke a response. It all ends up with a threat against all the residents of the Grass Kingdom, and they show everyone why that’s a very bad idea.
Jenkins’ watercolors are fantastic, and they really sing in moments of violence — whether someone is getting cracked with a stone axe or shot in the head, he knows how to make the blood fly.