Webster Dodge
Created by Jay Faerber

WEBSTER DODGE is a young Seattle private eye, in his mid-to-late 20s, who's not real big on authority figures, in Jay Faerber's original graphic novel Dodge's Bullets (2004).

Despite the fact that Faerber made his name with assorted spandex-clad mutants and teen titans, he's evidently a real P.I. buff, and Dodge's Bullets clearly reflects those influences, everything from Robert B. Parker's Spenser to The Rockford Files, which, Faerber unashamedly admits, was "one of the best damn shows in the history of television." In fact, in some ways, Webster is a sort of rock'n'roll version of Rockford creator Stephen J. Cannell's Richie Brockelman , a scruffier version with a little more angst and edge, not above a sucker punch or a kick to the balls: just about right for the new millenium.

And make no mistake -- Webster is definitely a product of his age, living in an internet/cell phone/GPS world, struggling to make it as a P.I. after dropping out of the police academy -- one day before graduation. Daddy, a sergeant in the Seattle Police Department, was not pleased. but then, like I said, Webster has a slight problem with authority figures, and dad's number one ofn the list.

Not that Webster's exactly setting the world on fire with his one-man detective agency -- he works out of a booth at a local cyber café, with one of the waitresses acting as his unofficial secretary, taking messages and doing occasional online research. Fortunately Webster has another gig, to help pay the bills, although that's one's not exactly lucrative either (and his dad isn't too keen on it) -- Webster plays in a struggling rock band.

In Dodge's Bullets, Webster is hired by a client to find his long-lost father, who showed up in an Associated Press photo of a Seattle marathon. Of course, somehow the case goes sideways, and what initially looks like a simple missing persons case soon takes a few wicked bounces.

Jay Faerber claims he's wanted to write a private eye novel for as long as he's wanted to write comics. The closest he's come previously was a 10-page Jason Bard story, "The Mimic," in a 2001 issue of The Batman Chronicles, which he says remains one of his favorite pieces of work.

Rock on.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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