Not a comics review blog, we just review a lotta comics. And I have been goin through stacks lately. Last one through the radical mind was Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset, a really stupendous six issue mini-series headlined by Rick Veitch, and sidelined by Alan Moore and a host of guest artists.

The comics start out telling stories set years apart from each other, and end up focusing on one specific night for a couple comics, but, for the most part these are all self-contained but constructing a larger narrative.

On top of that, each issue has a back-up of pulp hero Greyshirt throughout the ages, but that’s the least of each issue’s bonuses. There’s also a spread of news from the local town in the back of each comic. One comic has the tragic blues kicking off a singer’s career, and an interview with said singer in the back, reflecting on the comic’s events decades after they’ve happened.

They also just look really good, too.

And the best part is, it isn’t boring like Watchmen’s text pieces are. They are mostly headlines continuing the story’s plotlines while foreshadowing later moves, too. The pages of newspaper strips at the end are absolutely perfect, the ones of Adam pissing off God because he ate the apple himself are almost as good as the ones of a dog giving his wisdom.

Rick Veitch even manages to emulate (or perhaps edit the original inspiration very well from) Alan Moore’s formalism. One of the stories is a cartoonist drawing the real life adventures of real life gangstas (the public’s repression of public official’s selfishness the constant theme underneath the comic) as it explores the romanticization of prominent gangsters as sources of public entertainment. But by the end of the comic, the writer himself has become involved in the comic story, and the act of writing the comic has its own consequences that the comic explores.

But the best reason to read Greyshirt is either its super-surprise Chthulu ending only Alan Moore and Rick Veitch could have dreamed up or its completely fair-play mystery on Greyshirt’s identity, which drastically changes the entire comic you just read.

note: the first image is a Francesco Francavilla re-drawing of a Rick Veitch design for a cover to the series. I just thought it looked cooler in ink and offwhite. here’s his sketch blog where more can be found.