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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Crime/Suspense

This batch has anthropomorphic serial killers, a score gone wrong, Sumerian Comics launching their movie killers imprint, a missing lake, and some nice John K. Snyder III art accompanying a collection of Dashiell Hammett stories.



(W) Patrick Horvath (A/CA) Patrick Horvath

Don't. Murder. The locals. This is small-town serial killer, upstanding citizen, and adorable brown bear Samantha Strong's cardinal rule. After all, there's a sea of perfectly ripe potential victims in the big city just beyond the forest, and when you've worked as hard as Sam to build a cozy life and a thriving business in a community surrounded by friendly fellow animal folk, warm décor, and the aroma of cedar trees and freshly baked apple pie...the last thing you want is to disturb the peace. So you can imagine her indignation when one of Woodbrook's own meets a grisly, mysterious demise-and you wouldn't blame her for doing anything it takes to hunt down her rival before the town self-destructs and Sheriff Patterson starts (literally) barking up the wrong tree. Live, laugh, shed blood. Dexter meets Richard Scarry's Busy Town in writer-artist Patrick Horvath's twisted debut of Beneath the Trees Where Nobody Sees!


Why this caught my eye:

Been seeing lots of early previews and articles, and the art looks great.



(W) Ollie Masters (A) Pierluigi Minotti (CA) Matt Taylor

Fleeing a botched robbery in New York City, a junkie, her dying partner, and a dementia-ridden old man pull into a coal mining ghost town in central Pennsylvania.

Obscured by the caustic mists spewed forth by the coal-seam fire from the 1960s-still burning-Trier is the perfect place to lay low, score a fix, and take a hostage... or is it?

Acclaimed crime writer Ollie Masters (Snow Blind, The Kitchen) and artist Pierluigi Minotti (Lost Falls) transport readers into a bleak, violent world, perfect for fans of Gideon Falls and Stray Bullets.


Why this caught my eye:

Check out Minotti's art.



(W) Michael Calero (A) Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson (CA) Greg Staples

Greg Staples, best known for his work on Judge Dredd and as a concept artist for Magic: The Gathering, brings his realistic painterly style to capture the likeness of Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman.

See Patrick Bateman's infamous New York City killing spree from a brand new perspective as a familiar character from the film is revealed to be much more than they appeared. Witness the greatest hits of Patrick's murderous rampage while exploring new revelations in the world of American Psycho, in this story that'll make fans see Patrick's bloody story through a whole new lens.

This limited series also begins the journey of an all-new psychopath as social media obsessed millennial, Charlie (Charlene) Carruthers, goes on a downward spiral filled with violence. Drug fueled partying leads to bloodshed as Charlie leaves a trail of bodies on her way to discovering the truth about her dark nature.


Why this caught my eye:

A bit curious as to Sumerian's move to pick up these properties and how well they do them. Plus also curious about that bit in the pitch about the other killer Carruthers, as it's vague if it's a form of back-up story and if the other Sumerian movie killer titles will have similar side bits if that's the case.



(W) Sam Freeman (A/CA) Vanesa Del Rey

Cover by Cuban artist Vanesa Del Rey, co-creator of Redlands (Image) whose work has also appeared on Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, and Daredevil Annual (2016) for Marvel Comics.

Flesh seduces. Passion kills.

An anonymous artist who draws their inspiration from famous murders has opened their newest exhibit surrounding the now infamous "Icepick Murder" centered around Catherine Tramell. However, when a security guard of the exhibit is murdered on it's opening night, the art director responsible for the opening is thrust into an investigation that forces him to question his own involvement.


Why this caught my eye:

The Del Rey art does make this one a bit more of a draw than the American Psycho one.



(W) Angie Hewitt (A/CA) Angie Hewitt

On the last day of summer before eighth grade, Alma makes a disturbing discovery: the lake her town is named for has disappeared. Not dried up. Vanished! What's more concerning is that no one else remembers it ever existed. With the help of her best friend, Kel, Alma tries to get to the bottom of the mystery. But as more things start to disappear, Alma worries she might somehow be the cause.


Why this caught my eye:

Really loving Hewitt's art, check out some more previews here.



(W) Dashiell Hammett (A/CA) John K. Snyder

Noir at its finest, lavishly illustrated by John K. Snyder III. This is a collection of the first five stories in Hammett's series of shorts, including Arson Plus, Crooked Souls, Slippery Fingers, It, and Bodies Piled Up. The Op investigates arson, kidnapping, murder, and theft, defining the "hard-boiled detective" character Hammett would later pattern for his best-known character, Sam Spade. Presented here in Clover Press's prestigious hardcover format, along with 10 beautifully illustrated art plates by John K. Snyder III, The Continental Op is sure to thrill any mystery fan.


Why this caught my eye:

It has been a hot minute since I've seen a Snyder project, and while it's just a handful of illustrations this just sounds like a nice package.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some Marvel titles on the next round!

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