A while ago my daughter got me a copy of Phil Foglio’s Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire. Wow, great book! I honestly had never heard of Phil Foglio before and was very happy to make his acquaintance. I found his stories increasingly engaging and the universe he created an awful lot of fun.
Buck Godot is a station security man who’s gone independent. He will accept almost any job if the price is right and the drinks are on the house. Buck’s adventures are as clever as they are funny and the book is extremely well illustrated.
I also loved the characters that orbit Buck Godot’s star such as Lou the spirited mad’am, and Al the greedy bartender. This is a comic book, of course, so the character development is as much through the drawings as the dialog. But Foglio knows how to work within the economy to create characters that really pop.
Some of the jokes are a bit adult, so I don’t recommend this cartoon for folks who tend to cover their children’s eyes when nudity flashes across the cable TV screen. However, the subject matter is also handled tastefully and is in the service of the plot.
Phill hasn’t done anything new with Buck Godot in a while. He is churning out high-quality steampunk adventures instead. But if you can find a copy I highly recommend it.