H over at Comic Treadmill
takes a look at Dugout:
"Beechen and Bello deliver a caper combining baseball, prison breaks and sad sack lovable losers, mixed liberally with light dark humor in a well-paced narrative. Itís not literary gold as the art seems rushed in a few places, but like an afternoon at the park, it is an entertaining escape from the daily grind."
That's us in a nutshell; we'd rather have a smile on your
face than a trophy on our
shelf. When you put down an AiT book entertained, we've already gotten all the recognition we need.
AiT honcho Larry Young posed the question to me himself: ďWhatís more American that busting your sweetheartís brother out of prison? Nothing!Ē
And Beechen and Bello, the creative team behind one of the publisherís best efforts ever (HENCH) come back strong with DUGOUT. The plot moves along at a zippy pace, the characters have just enough to them to keep them from shallowing out (excepting the love interest/sister) and the story covers enough classic ground from both literature and screen (Itís a prison movie! Itís a baseball movie! Itís film noir!) that it feels fresh. Thatís a helluva feat considering everything that could have gone wrong.
Itís been a long time since HENCH hit shelves, and the duo has gone on to do many other things, but Iím glad to see them returning to the creator-owned arena. Thereís an earnestness and delight in DUGOUT that you only get from an indy effort, the kind of emotion that doing work-for-hire tends to beat out of creators. I got caught up very quickly in DUGOUT, riding along with it at every turn. You will, too.