King Robert’s Search For The Thin-Air Killer Continues In Grass Kings #8

by Brendan M. Allen

From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land.

Bruce thinks back to the town he used to be sheriff of, and how his frustration drove him to follow Robert into the Grass Kingdom.

The first six chapters of Grass Kings saw the tension build between the Grass Kingdom and the neighboring town of Cargill to the point of near mutual destruction. Then things settled down again to the same sort of uneasy peace the residents have grown accustomed to. At the close of that story arc, Sheriff Humbert planted seeds in Bruce’s head that could tear Grass Kingdom apart from the inside. The “Thin-Air Killer” that King Robert is certain played a hand in his daughter’s disappearance may, in fact, be a current resident of the Kingdom itself.

Begun in the last chapter, this new arc develops in Grass Kings #8. Bruce was able to convince Robert there might just be merit to Humbert’s claim, so now the brothers are investigating decades-old serial murders and the disappearance of King Robert’s daughter. Makes perfect sense to start by questioning the guy who’s been with them the longest, the mysterious and mostly silent Pike.

Matt Kindt’s pacing is simultaneously brilliant and maddening. This is one of those stories you really wish you didn’t have to wait an entire month for the next installment. Kindt is deftly weaving between past and present, pulling everything together at key points in the story, neatly tying up loose ends and setting up the next slow burn.

Art by Tyler Jenkins continues to amaze. His style is deceptively simple, yet exceptionally suited to the subtle nuance of Kindt’s script. Tyler Jenkins has deferred color duties on this chapter to Hilary Jenkins, but the change is hardly noticeable, which is awesome.

Kindt and co. aren’t pulling any punches. Grass Kings is easily one of the best mysteries of the year, if not the decade.

Grass Kings #8, released 11 October 2017 by BOOM! Studios, created by Matt Kindt (script) and Tyler Jenkins (illustrations/cover), colored by Hilary Jenkins, letters by Jim Campbell, variant covers available by Matt Kindt and Troy Nixey.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It’s a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.