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I love comics, though I usually prefer those of the horror persuasion. I have to say though, when I read Rust: Visitor in the Field from Archaia I was pleasantly surprised. The artwork is beautiful, the story is wonderful and I actually enjoyed reading something that wasn’t overflowing with cenobites and blood for a change. I might have to give this whole all-ages comics thing a try. I liked it so much that I bought a copy at San Diego Comic-Con last month.

Set on a farm, the story is told from the point of view of the main character, Roman, using both dialogue as well as letters to his father. We aren’t told where the father is, though I somewhat got the feeling he was deceased and the letters were more for Roman’s benefit than actual communication, but we do know he was in a war. In this war machines/robots were created to do the fighting for humans. At this point in time most of these machines have been reprogrammed to assist with running the local farms. One of them comes crashing into the farm chasing after a boy named Jet Jones. A fight ensues, and Jet stays on at the farm and helps out with the work.

Shortly after reading Rust I saw this . I cannot say how excited I am for this story to be adapted for the screen. I can actually see the live action with a narrator reading the letter to Roman’s father. Another thing I like about this story is that it is one that I can share with my 7-year-old son. He is just now starting to really get into comics and his reading is getting better and better as the summer goes on. I introduced him to Calvin and Hobbes about a month ago and he truly enjoys just flipping through at his own pace. I am hesitant to let him have free reign of Rust simply because it is a brand new book and I want to preserve it, and it is so beautiful. For now it is one more thing we can read together.

If you like good stories, robots, jet packs and beautiful art I suggest you run out and pick up Rust: Visitor in the Field when it comes out August 31st 2011.

Written by Royden Lepp
Illustrated by Royden Lepp
Cover by Royden Lepp
Format: Hardcover (paper over board), sepia-toned
Page Count: 192
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-27-5
U.S. Price: $24.95
Rating: All Ages