Book Title: Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1
Book Description: Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1 takes us on a historical journey to 1981. Lee Harvey Oswald is the focus of the discussion. He’s been dead for 38 years at this point. Because of rumors and conspiracy theories that he’s not the individual in the coffin, Lee Harvey Oswald’s body is being exhumed for examination.
We then go further back in time to early November, 1963. We see a bank robbery in Flower Mound, Texas go off without a hitch. The only problem is the heist barely netted $80 for Shep, the man who robbed the bank.
A man named Frank is waiting for Shep in his hotel room. Frank is trying to recruit Shep for a job. One that pays more than $80. Frank then gives Shep a choice: work for him or have him call the Texas Rangers about the bank robbery.
Frank has similar discussions with several other people. He reels in Buck, a former car thief, with the threat of reporting his parents to immigration. Wainwright, an expert marksman, is promised a job with the CIA and a blind eye to his sexual orientation. Rose, an expert at making forged documents, is offered a job instead of doing time for forgery charges. When the job is done she and her grandma can move to Cuba.
Frank now has his team. There are a couple of other individuals in the mix on this as well. A member of the Dallas Police Department named Lou and Frank’s friend, Jack Ruby are also in on this. They meet in a warehouse to discuss the job: find someone that looks like Lee Harvey Oswald.
Book Author: Christopher Cantwell
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: BOOM! Studios
Illustrator: Luca Casalanguida
I love conspiracy theory stories. Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body #1 fits that bill to a T. It’s Dept. of Truth without being quite so far fetched. The way the story develops lays a foundation that feels extremely plausible.
Usually the first issue in a series has difficulty giving the reader a good setting, plot, and character development. Not so with Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body. Mr. Cantwell gives us all three in grand fashion. I truly appreciate that it feels like we know so many of the characters.
The cover artwork is a classic example of “less is more”. Two colors, three if you count the Title. Opting for shadows and a silhouette over detail. It makes you want to know more about this book. The interior artwork is very well done. It’s detailed; but not to the point that the detail becomes a distraction.
Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body may not be for everyone. If you aren’t a fan of conspiracy theory stories I would suggest looking elsewhere for entertainment. As a geek on a budget that happens to enjoy stories of this nature, I believe that this book is well worth the price of admission.
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