Last issue, Clara quit her job as sheriff. This week, the investigation continues.
Yeah, I’m not sure how that works, either. Let’s find out, shall we?
Writer: Jay Faerber
Artist: Drew Moss
Publisher: Image Comics
First Read Reactions
- Seriously, didn’t Clara quit her job? Why is she still calling herself the sheriff?
- …and I guess we’re just rolling with it.
- Visiting the mayor’s home, questioning the estranged wife, and digging around in the bathroom—something tells me that Clara’s going to find a clue.
- Looks like she might’ve found something in the toilet, too.
- I’m not sure whether Boo is conniving, spineless, or both. Either way, I kind of hate him now.
- *Random interlude with Clara’s Ex*
- In a negotiation between Clara and a Brothel owner, I’ll bet on the sheriff every time.
- *Slightly more interesting yet still predictable interlude with Clara’s Ex*
- SERIOUSLY? FORD IS STILL HERE?
- I know this new dead body is supposed to be shocking, but once again, WHY IS FORD STILL HERE!
Ugh. What is going on?
Copperhead used to be filled with great characterization—in fact, it was some of the best out of any book in Image’s current library (which is saying a lot).
Now however, we have Clara making toothless declarations, Boo acting like an unrepentant douche, Ford (who is extraordinarily boring/unlikeable) taking on an ever-expanding role, and Clara’s ex on a narrative path that is both drawn out and painfully predictable.
In between all that is a murder mystery that is somewhat interesting, but not enough to compensate for the sharp dip in script quality since Copperhead returned from its hiatus.
The art is staying up to par, at least. I still miss Scott Godlewski sometimes, but Drew Moss’ work, which had already started out strong, gets better with every issue. Let’s hope writer Jay Faeber’s work can returning to its normally stellar form, as well. Otherwise, Copperhead might go from being one of the top five titles on my pull list to my first dropped book of 2017.