Review: It Rhymes with Lust: An Original Picture Novel

It Rhymes with Lust: An Original Picture Novel
It Rhymes with Lust: An Original Picture Novel by Arnold Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this tale is just a bit dated, as a rare, adult comic book noir, it is outstanding! A story of redemption and loss, crime and power; this original picture novel is straight out of the fifties. Mining widow Rust Masson runs Copper City and won’t stand for anything or anyone in her way. Hal Weber is the newspaper editor with a checkered past who becomes involved with Rust and her daughter Audrey, the only good person left in town.

It Rhymes with Lust is one of those stories in which you pretty much hate every main character in the telling, except for young Audrey, the voice of sanity in a town reeking of madness. The story is well-written, which isn’t surprising since comic book stalwart Arnold Drake (creator of Deadman and the Doom Patrol) handles those reins with Leslie Waller. The artwork is by preeminent “good girl” artist Matt Baker, and is oddly subdued from his normal bold sexiness – here the passion seethes relentlessly in his panels.

The book is set-up to the size of your standard pocket book/mass market paperback, making for easy reading. There’s no reason not to recommend this story to anyone – it’s just a good, old-fashioned, proper comic book soap opera!

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