This "picture novel" has been called comics' first graphic novel. "This may, in fact, be Baker's best comics art ever; panel by panel, it is certainly his most consistent." This also has the distinction of being the first comic book work by writer Arnold Drake of "Deadman" fame. The story is very much in the pot-boiler/noir genre featuring Hal Weber, onetime crusading journalist, who is summoned to Copper City by his old flame Rust after the death of her husband, mining magnate and political heavyweight Arthur "Buck" Masson. As editor of The Express, a newspaper with an anti-Masson stance secretly owned by Rust, Hal is drawn back to her even as he falls for her stepdaughter Audrey. The situation in Copper City soon literally becomes explosive, with Hal having to choose between Rust and Audrey, the bottle and his conscience, safety and the truth. Oh, by the way, if you're wondering what rhymes with lust, the title refers to Rust, she's the lady shown on the cover.
Featuring script by DRAKE WALLER and pencils by MATT BAKER and inks by RAY OSRIN.