"Continuing one of my favorite new series and even better than the first two issues. Another self-contained story (with a slight link to the first two), it's the tale of a band, Theories and Defenses, after it's broken up and returned home to Richmond, Va., after years of traveling and touring. Each of the band's four members look at picking up the pieces of their lives. Writer Brian Wood weaves all four stories around an interview the band's acerbic frontman is giving to a music magazine, and it's a real masterpiece of pacing, storytelling and setting. Each character is drawn with fine details in a tiny amount of space -- the weary, witty frontman, the sleazy drummer, the quiet professional. You get a feel for the nomadic life of a musician and how easy it is to get lost in it. Loving details by artist Ryan Kelly such as album cover art and a vivid imagined history for Theories and Defenses make this issue feel real and lived-in. Local #3 is just a great, compact and evocative little comic book, and one I'll pass on to people who think comics are all capes and spandex to show them otherwise. Grade: A+"
"It's the art of the short story, told by somebody who knows how to tell a short story.
But even better than that, it's the short story told by someone who knows how to leverage the nature of comics (that unique synthesis of word and picture) to tell the story in a way that no other medium can.
I said that Local #1 was the coolest short film you'll never see on the IFC or Sundance Channel.
To tranlate all the layers and nuances found in this issue would require a frikkin feature film.
And it's got to be one of the most perfect examples of just knowing (and using) how comics work and what they can do that words and film can't to load layers of meaning ... the medium is integral to the content of the story -- it's richness, it's depth.
Go. Buy. Read. Look at what is said and how it is said and marvel at how elegantly it all comes together."