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Oni Collects Mutant, Texas
By Brian Jacks


Back in August, writer Paul Dini spoke to Slush about his miniseries, Mutant, Texas. Now Oni has announced that come April, fans will see the collected version of Paul Dini and J. Bone’s all-ages adventure tale, Mutant, Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida Red.

Originally published as a four-issue miniseries, the story focuses on Jingle Belle’s superpowered pal and how she came to be the law in her town. Populated with a cast as diverse and fantastic as any comics has seen, Mutant, Texas is a whimsical return to the fun punch-ups between good and evil that the medium was built on, as well as showing that the world still has heroes.

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“When I first started tinkering with the idea of a town full of mutants,” Dini explained, “I saw it as a limitless playground. Anything goes here. The place was originally called Mystic, but a host of nuclear calamities changed all that—just as it changed the townspeople, critters, and plant life into something other than what they started out as. Be it a talking armadillo or a shrinking little girl, nothing is abnormal in a town like Mutant.”

Dini is well-known to fans of comics and animation for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, while J. Bone has proven himself to be a versatile cartoonist on past projects like Sola Stella, Spider-Man's Tangled Web, and Alison Dare, as well as his other April release, the Mr. Gum one-shot with Mike Allred.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I was with every page Bone turned in,” Dini said. “When you have a great imagination but limited artistic ability, it can be hard to get exactly what you see in your head to come out of another artist’s pen. With Bone, it was like we were psychically linked or something, because he nailed it every time.”

“Paul’s just being kind,” Bone chimed in. “It’s rare as a cartoonist to have a writer give you so much fun stuff to draw. I never knew what was going to be on the next page, but I was always excited to find out.”

In addition to the regular four issues, this collection will be "jam-packed" with extras, says the publisher, ranging from conceptual sketches, early short stories, and a artful tour guide of the city and its populace.

Mutant, Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida red trade paperback has 128 pages of black-and-white story and art. Shipping to stores on April 2, 2003, it will retail for $11.95 and feature colors by Udon. Oni says its content is suitable for all ages.


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