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Local Man #3

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Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 7 critic ratings.

The hero formerly known as CROSSJACK is on the hunt for a murderer, a trail that leads him directly to a self-help guru who was once his sworn enemy: the villain known as FRIGHTSIDE. Now, the “Local Man” must find out what she knows before his high school sweetheart’s cop husband throws him in a cell. Meanwhile, in the past, Crossjack and Neon battle demons and angels (both real and psychological) at the end of the world.

Cover B by Image Comics legend BRETT “BACKLASH” BOOTH!!

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
36 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BW1CSBQJ

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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    Local Man somehow manages to be even more outstanding than the issues that preceded it. As Jack’s newfound efforts as a hometown vigilante begin to escalate, his past and future as a 90s superhero—and an imperfect man—only grow more relevant. Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs’ work on this is nothing short of exceptional – it’s reverential without ever feeling derivative, and a darn good mystery to boot.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Local Man is such a smooth, laid back read and a refreshing change of pace for comic book readers.

    (…)

    Writers Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley approaches the story like a kettle on the stove. It might take awhile to enjoy what they’re brewing up, but so far it’s been well worth it.
    Fleecs‘ art, likewise, has a restrained and relaxed nature that doesn’t promise more to the readers than what’s playing out. It’s the mark of a confident artist who knows he doesn’t have to “rescue” the story with flashy art. Brad Simpson’s muted colors also reflect the balanced storytelling approach in complementing the story and not taking it over.
    As always, the secondary story drawn by Seeley, offers more of a peak 90s tale of Jack’s exploits as an Image-influenced superhero.
    Seeley adds some clever context a la Lost so the flashback story ties into an exchange or moment in the main story.
    Local Man continues to be an enjoyable, well-paced deep dive kind of comic. Similar to The Good Asian, this is a title that connects on an individual issue level and will only make for a more satisfying read when it’s completed and collected.

  • 99

    Comic Watch

    In Local Man #3, Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley have slowed the plot down, taking into much-needed pockets of character and world-building. There’s a bit of well-done situational comedy, characterization, and plot progression amidst the talking heads to keep the book well-balanced. This issue is heavily focused on two conversations Jack has, using them to engage the reader with the macro nature of superhero culture in the world of Local Man and Jack’s profoundly human side.

    (…)

    The situational comedy writing in this book is well-done and serves and sets up important plot events in this issue that spurs Jack’s first public act of heroism as ‘Local Man.’ That act of heroism, not spoiled here, was very well-placed and emotionally engaging. The mystery murders plot continued to play out within this issue as well. It’s a brilliant narrative flow that leads directly into putting Jack in the ire of his former team, Third Gen.

    The backup story finally spells out the beginning of Crossjack and Neon’s affair. Seeley’s art brings an intense melodrama to the short tale, and Fleec’s art in the main book gets better with each issue. Both are clear-cut masters of sequential art and visual storytelling, but they know how to pick colorists that make their art truly special. Sobriero & Simpson do so much with lighting, depth, and dynamic coloring to keep every page of this issue, even the ones with just Jack talking, visually engaging.

    Overall, Local Man #3 is a densely rich issue with a lot to say about its main character, but doesn’t stop the book’s momentum as each instance of conversation, comedy, or characterization manages to still progress the story forward. Masterful, but and happily slow in its execution, this series has been one of the biggest source of consistent quality on the stands this year.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    From the start, this book has been a great read, but Local Man #3 ups the ante for our ex-hero, fleshes out a world where super-heroes exist in fun ways, and even provides a rationale for whether or not Crossjack is the betrayer that the public wants to believe he is, with two different brands of excellent art coming together. If there’s a flaw to this story, it’s that I have trouble believing that Jack Xaver was ever anything but a Midwestern putz, but even that adds a wrinkle of realism to the book’s world.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    It is certainly easy to see all the Watchmen inspirations in each issue of Local Man. But the magic of Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs’ Local Man is that it continues to show itself more than just being another superhero deconstruction Watchmen-inspired story. That magic is once again shown with how Jack Xaver is utilized as our shepherd through this world.

    The strength of Local Man #3, like the previous two issues, is the steady pace Seeley and Fleecs are taking with the story. The writing neither rushes to provide as much information as possible nor slows things down to a snail’s pace. Seeley and Fleecs make sure Jack and the other characters’ dialogue reflects the history of this world. Whether it’s shared or individual history, there is a tone stricken that the individuality in the voices is heard for each character that gets time to speak. This leads to a greater sense of discovery of what happened that led us to the current state of the world of Local Man.

    This is best seen in Jack’s interaction with the person formerly known as the villain Frightside. The way Seeley and Fleecs use Hodag’s murder as the foundation for how the interaction between Jack and Frightside goes down. It all works in a way that provides us with further context for this world. In turn, you quickly gain in Jack and Frightside’s connection because of how they interact with each other.

    Jack’s actions as “Local Man” also work to further the narrative around him as a disgraced superhero. Throughout these first three issues, we see more and more how being a superhero was his entire identity. Living the superhero life for decades frames everything he does from interacting with people from his past like his ex-girlfriend Igna to how he acts as “Local Man.” With how far Jack is going the door to exploring Local Man’s version of superheroes opens even more with what happens in this issue.

    Fleecs’ artwork for the main story continues to be a standout for the series. Fleecs captures the Midwest setting where Jack is and is forced to rebuild his life. The characters all move from panel to panel in an animated way that enhances the dialogue. Brad Simpson’s coloring furthers the grounded nature of the story.

    The main story artwork works in contrast to Seeley and colorist Felipe Sobreiro’s art for the Third-Gen backup story. We get more of the typical sci-fi superhero action that fills in more details on what we saw from the main story.

    Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs continue to grow greater intrigue in the world of Local Man through excellent character development. Every interaction in Local Man #3 builds out both the past and present of the world naturally through Jack Xaver and other characters’ dialogue. The artwork for both stories further drives home why Local Man is one of the standout comic books of 2023 thus far.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I continue to enjoy both sides of this story and how the events and characters grow and evolve within them. Fleecs does a great job of showing Jack and his world now while Seeley does a great job of showcasing the bombastic action of a superhero story. I continue to be engaged with the mystery in this series and look forward to seeing what’s next.

    The Art: Fleecs and Seeley deliver great action and character moments in the visuals of this issue. I love the different art styles and how brilliantly they complement the tone of the story.

  • 83

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley, Local Man #3 continues one hell of a series. While the first two issues really focused on who Crossjack is, Local Man #3 pivots a bit focusing more on the murder of his former nemesis. Crossjack is on a mission to solve the case and suspects are added and removed in the issue. There’s something solid in the series teasing a tie to the past while keeping things focused on the present. The flip book nature of it all does an excellent job of fleshing out the world and mystery. In this case, we get to see a big battle and find out more about Crossjack and Neon’s past relationship. It’s some interesting info that gives motive for an individual to set up Crossjack for the murder of Hodag.

    (…)

    The art continues to be great as well with the modern “Farmington” aspect featuring art by Fleecs and color by Brad Simpson and the “Third Gen” retro art handled by Seeley with color by Felipe Sobriero. The comic does an excellent job of delivering two distinct styles and looks but the same character, just from two different time periods. The retro story does an excellent job of nailing down the style of the past. It’s an amazing balance between the two that works so well toghether.

    Local Man #3 continues a fantastic series that’ll leave readers guessing as to what will happen next and who’s behind the murder. And thankfully, we’re not just getting that but a tease of battles from yesteryear. Altogether, it delivers a series and world we want more of.

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