Comics We Love: Jack Staff



Today at ComicsAlliance, I’m celebrating this week’s release of Jack Staff v.4 and The Weird World of Jack Staff #1 with an all-new installment of Comics We Love!

If you’ve been reading the ISB for a while, you’ve probably heard me go on and on about how much I love Paul Grist’s work in general and Jack Staff in particular, but for the newcomers among you, I’ll put it this way: Jack Staff comes out once, maybe twice a year. It does not feature Batman. It is my favorite comic book.

The first trade, Everything Used To Be Black and White, is about as close to perfect as super-hero comics get, and has my highest possible recommendation to anyone who likes stuff that’s awesome. But if you need more convincing, then head over to CA and read the article, where I do my best to articulate just what it is that makes it so good. Which was difficult, because I had to try really hard to not just say “I’m totes crushin’ on Becky Burdock.”

7 thoughts on “Comics We Love: Jack Staff

  1. Nobody commented yet so I get to shout first! And then I’ll say how much I love Jack Staff and was glad to see him in an issue of Savage Dragon since Erik Larsen and Paul Grist are two great comic creators.

  2. “Everything Used To Be Black In White” is one of the best trades I’ve ever read. Do have some major holes in my JS reading, though. Need to get on that.

  3. It’s funny but I could never get into Jack Staff. I’m British, I fondly remember characters like the Spider and Steel Claw, I like Union Jack and yet I’ve bought and read “Everything Used to Be Black and White” and found it hard going.

    It jumps all over the place, makes little sense, and has (what I think is) overly simplistic, unattractive artwork.

    I mean, it’s great that people out there love this stuff. It’s just that, for me, it is far from being “about as close to perfect as super-hero comics get”.