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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 183

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Tony Bedard and Karl Moline’s Route 666…

Enjoy!

The basic set-up for Route 666 is that a teenaged girl during the 1950s in middle America discovers that she can speak to dead people and wackiness ensues.

Of course, it’s worth noting that since this was Crossgen, it is not really the 1950s in middle America, exactly, but rather in the present on an alien world that just appears like 1950s’ America (just like other worlds look like Victorian England, ancient China, etc.). But that’s really neither here nor there – for the sake of this piece, let’s just pretend it is 1950s United States of America.

The book opens up with a striking sequence of events that shows you the macabre humor that would make up the bulk of the series…

Our heroine, Cassie, often causes horrific accidents through bad luck.

However, Cassie can also speak to the dead – and she is their only protection against the evil spirits of the afterlife!!

Of course, when Cassie tells others about this, she is institutionalized. She is attacked at the asylum, but the ghost of her grandfather saves her…

Now Cassie can see the demons who walk among us…

Once she escapes, since no one else can tell that the people hunting her down are demons, she becomes known as the world’s worst serial killer.

Her only friend is a sheriff who believes her (even though she led to the death of his son through her bad luck “powers”) – he is looking for a child to replace his dead son and she is looking for a parental figure, so their relationship clicks.

They travel the country together while on the run…

Presumably, had the series continued we would have seen more of this – traveling the country, going to different places and having various adventures…

Bedard creates some endearing characters here, and the cleverness of the demons on Earth taking the shape of recognizable movie monsters? Hilarious.

There’s a good deal of social commentary about the 50s, as well (there is a whole lot of Cold War stuff going on).

Karl Moline’s art, though – wow, it is really quite excellent in the series, as you can see above. He is so dynamic while also being a great artist as far as characterization and expressions go. He should get more mainstream assignments! He is great (the fill-in artists on the series were good, too)!

Who owns the rights to this series? Is it Disney? If so, they should totally let Marvel bring this series back! At least collect it into trades! Was it ever collected at all (there are about 20-odd issues over the two years the book ran, 2002-2004)?

7 Comments

Those hooded black Ghosts on the 10th page shown are great :)

@Brian: Would you mind to tell who did those letters on “Route 66″? The font is somewhat odd, but I like it. And there are some nice soundwords in the gym-pages…

I know the first 6 issues were collected, at least. I picked up the TPB at a thrift store in Chicago a few years ago for $1, but I had never heard of this title before that. I remember really liking the set up issues…but not enough to track down the rest of the series, I guess.

I do really love to read comic books. You can laugh on your own reading and watching funny drawings..It’s cute, I like it.

The scene at the movie theater is the only time in your examples where the art even hints that it is the 1950′s.

I think this was the only Crossgen series Bedard did that I didn’t read. It looks pretty good. Although I agree with Julian, I would have never known this series was supposed to be set in the 50′s based off the art.

Travis Pelkie

June 27, 2010 at 2:16 am

This looks interesting, I’ll have to check back issue bins.

Isn’t Moline doing some Buffy work? Maybe he just did the Fray crossover.

Did Disney buy out CrossGen?

Yeah, I wouldn’t have thought 50s from the art either. Maybe in other pages?

AverageJoeEveryman

July 5, 2010 at 6:16 am

Im pretty sure I actually have the second 6 issues in trade and cannot find the first 6. This was one of the few Crossgen titles I liked. I only picked up any Crossgen stuff once midtowncomics discounted them all to $1. This, Ruse, El Cazador, The Crossovers, and Abazabad were all pretty kickass. Didn’t care for any of the regular universe Crossgen.

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