Rodeo #1 by Evan Salazar. $5. Digest size, 12 pages, color cover, black and white interiors.

This is an extremely solid and satisfying 'debut' comic. Salazar presents us with what on first glance might appear to be a well oiled 90s alternative one man anthology comic: strong central story, some crackling short comics, etc. But Rodeo is far more elastic than stodgy nostalgia for Eightball style comics. The emotion and storytelling on display in 'Medium Brew' are unique. More importantly, Salazar doesn't miss a beat in conveying exactly what he wants to convey: he has set this comic up to serve his vision, there's hardly any obstruction that youd normally see in an 'issue one' out of nowhere zine. This is a thrill to read and should be a very strong series as it continues.