REVIEW: The Secret History of D.B. Cooper by Brian Churilla

The most infamous airline hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper, remains on the FBI’s most-wanted list almost 40 years after the crime. For the first time, the secret history will be revealed! During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the C.I.A. wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the mind. Aided by powerful psychotropic compounds, Cooper assists in a campaign of psychic assassination against the Soviets, but are his government’s motives the same as his own or is his true mission something else entirely? Collecting the hit series from visionary cartoonist Brian Churilla (The Anchor), this oversized hardcover offers new insights into Cooper’s multi-faceted quest.

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Borrowed: From my good friend Josh at Capeless Crusader

I don’t know how my friend Josh knew that I love the story of D.B. Cooper but I guess he did. I was over at his house one day and he was going to loan me some of his comics. He handed me some really non-traditional choices. At that time I was just starting to enjoy American comics so I think he was helping me get away from just reading Batman (which is pretty much all I read). He hands me The Secret History of D.B. Cooper and I was stunned that a comic had even been made about him. Now I would like to redefine that thought – I’m stunned that a comic was ever barely based upon the idea of him 😀

That last sentence makes it sound like I didn’t like it. Not true. I actually liked it quite a bit. When I started reading this I had no idea that it was a trippy story about a guy who romps around in people’s minds and assassinates them from inside. I thought it was going to be about a bank robber who hijacks an airplane. More of the former less of the latter.

It’s a totally a trip to read too. I felt so out of my comfort zone while reading this due to jumping back and forth between the “real” and what was in D.B.’s glut journey, the grotesque monsters he fights, and all the secret agent questionable actions. Sound confusing? I thought so too! But you’re supposed to be! Bits and pieces all click together one by one explaining the story at the perfect moment.

If you like weird and very unique reads. I highly recommend this. And while there is some grotesque art(the long titty monster!) it’s still beautifully drawn and expertly colored.


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