Posts Tagged ‘ Crime comics ’

The Fall (and Rise) of the Crime Comic

December 14, 2010
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The good folks over at Mulholland Books let me take another shot at writing an article for them. This time I wanted to write about crime comics. Some of the most vibrant crime fiction being written today is taking place in comics. For a couple of years I’ve been saying that crime comics should...

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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

July 27, 2010
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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

I’m going to bloviate for a quick minute. In 1968 and 1970 Van Morrison released Astral Weeks and Moondance. These two early albums, each with radically different sounds, would come to define his whole career. Every successive album, it could be argued, would either fit into one mode or the other. So what the...

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Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido – review

July 26, 2010
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Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido – review

Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales (writer) and Juanjo Guarnido (artist) is a series of French market noir/hardboiled/PI graphic novels that feature anthropomorphic animals as characters. Somewhere Within the Shadows was originally published in 2000; Arctic Nation was originally published in 2003; Red Soul was originally published in 2005. This edition contains all three of...

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Greek Street Vol. 1 Blood Calls for Blood by Peter Milligan & Davide Gianfelice

May 13, 2010
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Greek Street Vol. 1 Blood Calls for Blood by Peter Milligan & Davide Gianfelice

Peter Milligan’s name is a part of a select group. When his name appears on a title you buy it. Just like that. This is the guy who wrote one of the great comic series of all time. Greek Street has at its heart a simple premise — the Greek gods and characters from...

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Shuddertown issue #1 by Nick Spenser and Adam Geen – review

May 12, 2010
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Shuddertown issue #1 by Nick Spenser and Adam Geen – review

This may be a stupid thing to point out but I’ll say it anyway so there won’t be any confusion for those heading to the store. Shuddertown should not be confused with the title Stumptown. They are two different titles. By all means you should pick up the issues of Stumptown when you are...

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Wish You Were Here: The Innocents and They Found the Car by Gipi – review

May 11, 2010
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Wish You Were Here: The Innocents and They Found the Car by Gipi – review

There are two titles under the Wish You Were Here title, The Innocents and They Found the Car, both by Gipi, an Italian artist and writer, that are a part of the Ignatz line of books from Fantagraphics. The Innocents was published in 2005. It tells a really simple story on the surface that...

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The Roberts by Justin Shady, Wayne Chinsang & Erik Rose – review

May 11, 2010
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The Roberts by Justin Shady, Wayne Chinsang & Erik Rose – review

The Roberts has at its core such a brilliantly simple premise that it’s hard to believe someone hadn’t thought of it before. The Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer are two old men residing in a retirement home. After they realize who each other is they decide to initiate a little competition. From this...

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Forgetless issues #1-3 by Nick Spencer, Scott Forbes & Tim Daniel – review

May 6, 2010
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Forgetless issues #1-3 by Nick Spencer, Scott Forbes & Tim Daniel – review

I have to be honest. I picked up the first issue of Forgetless because it was there and I needed something to read. That may be an innocuous way to start this review but its still the truth. I’ll say this though, I’m glad I did. Because of the way that fell into reading...

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Turf issue #1 by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards – review

May 6, 2010
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Turf  issue #1 by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards – review

Turf is a four issue mini-series from Image. It takes a mash-up approach blending together at least three distinct story elements. The mixing up the stories of gangsters and vampires in Prohibition era New York is an intriguing premise to tell the truth and largely works. The vampire clan being treated as another underworld...

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