Trencher # 1 (1993)
Creator/Writer/Artist: Keith Giffen
Letterer/Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
With the tragic passing of Keith Giffen, I will take a look at one of the most forgotten series that he’s worked on- Trencher from Image Comics.
This series definitely plays to Giffen’s strengths as an artist and a writer. It also served as an alternate to such titles as Spawn, Savage Dragon, and (dare I say it?!)…Youngblood! Giffen’s art, which feels like a cross between Ted McKeever and Geoff Darrow, is all over the place and Lovern Kindzieski saves it with his coloring and in the end, makes it feel unique. We are introduced to Gideon Trencher, an anti-hero who is on a mission to exterminate souls that have been wrongfully reincarnated. With the help of his dispatcher Phoebe (who’s basically a voice in his head) moves from one target to the next while his body frequently receives heavy damage (sounds familiar?!);
Giffen holds nothing back with this series because it looks as if he was having a blast while conjuring up some of the most chaotic ideas and putting them to good use all while adding his signature humor that’s always a welcoming factor when it comes to reading any Keith Giffen story; Trencher may come across as a third-rate Lobo but this is an enjoyable story that was able to put Image on the map when it comes to putting out a series such as this one that brings such silliness to the anti-hero troupe. All I can say is that you’ve never read a comic like Trencher, but be warned- your humor may be warped because of it.
Well, that’s it for me this week. I’ll be back with another Keith Giffen story to look at only this time around, I will look at a single issue that he did interiors on so be on the lookout for that. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you next time.