I got an advanced look at the new Top Cow book Postal. It’s a story plotted by Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins, with a script by Hill and art by Isaac Goodhart. If you are a fan of Hawkins work on books like Think Tank and Wildfire, then you will definitely want to pick up this series. Like his other series, Postal is an intelligent book that makes you think. It’s also an interesting take on a detective story.
We follow Mark, the postman for the small town of Eden, Wyoming. Mark has Asperger Syndrom, which makes him socially awkward and a bit of an outcast in the town. He is also the son of the Mayor. When Mark comes across a damaged letter, he has been instructed to transcribe it down and deliver it. This leads him to see something that most would consider insignificant… red mud on a truck when the ground in the area is all brown.
The other important thing we learn is that Eden is a town of ex-cons and Mark’s mother runs it with an iron fist.
Hawkins and Hill have set Mark up as a classic literary detective. If your hero is too smart and figures things out easily people won’t like him. But if he has a flaw… like Sherlock Holmes’s drug problem, Adrian Monk’s OCD, Nero Wolfe’s Obessity… then your detective can make mental leaps the reader can’t because they can relate to him in other ways.
We also get a first issue filled with possibilities. Mark’s relationships with his mother and with Maggie will both be fun to watch grow. Also watching a decent yet awkward man trying to do good in a town full of criminals can make for a lot of interesting stories. And with Hawkin’s history of research and detail, you can bet readers will get a good understanding of exactly what Asperger Syndrom is and what it’s like to live with it.
Postal #1 is scheduled for a February release, so check your current Previews catalogs or ask about it at your local comic shop.
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