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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Crime/Suspense

The real crime is that so many people haven't read Bryan Talbot comics, and you can remedy that with the first book on this list.


You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.

GRANDVILLE INTEGRAL HC

(W) Bryan Talbot (A/CA) Bryan Talbot


Beware the Badger! The acclaimed steampunk series from graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot explores an alternate art-nouveau world populated by intelligent animals, a human underclass, and wondrous technology. Within this rich fantastical milieu, the relentless Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard pursues shadowy death squads, psychotic killers, dark political conspiracies, ruthless crime lords, and bloodthirsty cults through the streets of London and the Belle Epoque Paris known as Grandville, the center of the greatest empire on Earth.


Grandville Integral collects all five Grandville novels in one deluxe hardcover volume accompanied by voluminous author notes never before in print.

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Why this caught my eye:

You know what's stupid? I have all five volumes of the series (although I can't seem to find one of them right now) and I'm still probably going to get this because I'm a fool for nice hardcover packages from Dark Horse. Also I love the series and Talbot is one of my favorite creators ever since I read his Heart of the Empire. Do yourself a favor and check these out, it's a fascinating blend of genres with nicely detailed art and amazing world building.

WRITE IT IN BLOOD TP

(W) Rory McConville (A) Joe Palmer, Chris O'Halloran (CA) Declan Shalvey


On the eve of their retirement, two hitmen - Cosmo and Arthur Pryce - drive through the Texas countryside with the infamous Little Harkness in the trunk of their car. The brothers are meant to deliver Harkness to their boss, but matters become complicated when Arthur's recklessness jeopardizes Cosmo's retirement plans and puts a target on their backs.


A tragicomic crime tale of family loyalty and broken dreams from RORY McCONVILLE (Judge Dredd) and JOE PALMER (2000 AD).

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Why this caught my eye:

The preview for this looks interesting and I like really the set up.

GAMMA DRACONIS HC

(W) Eldo Yoshimizu


PERFECT FOR FANS OF MANGA AND CRIME FICTION! Aiko Moriyama studied religious art at the Sorbonne, but her research in occultism quickly leads her down a dangerous path to solve the enigma of Gamma Draconis. Eldo Yoshimizu, the creator of the epic Yakuza manga, RYUKO, teams up with Benoist Simmat to create a dazzling crime tale.

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Why this caught my eye:

I find Eldo Yoshimizu's art to be really engaging, and the story sounds like it could be a fairly interesting thriller.

REBECCA AND LUCIE SC GN

(W) Pascal Girard (A/CA) Pascal Girard


Rebecca's got an eight-month-old baby and a mystery to investigate! Late one summer night as she's breastfeeding Lucie, she spots two men carrying something heavy into a white minivan. It's probably nothing serious, but when Rebecca hears that a home healthcare provider named Eduardo Morales disappeared from the neighborhood that very night, she puts her detective hat on and gets to work.

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Why this caught my eye:

I can't tell if this is going to be a whimsical mystery or just a case of bad child endangerment, but I like Girard's style and it sounds like fun.

GOOD ASIAN #1

(W) Pornsak Pichetshote (A) Alexandre Tefenkgi (CA) Dave Johnson


Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE's long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI (OUTPOST ZERO)! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.


"With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, PORNSAK and ALEX have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I've been waiting for."-CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS)


"Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history."-JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Batman)


"Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of THE GOOD ASIAN, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present."-BRIAN AZZARELLO (100 Bullets, Batman) MAR210031


Why this caught my eye:

This has a lot of elements I'm down with, especially the Asian-American POV within the noir period piece setting. I also really like Alexandre Tefenkgi's clean and sharp art style, so this just looks to be a really engaging package.

That's it for this batch, next time we'll check out some superhero material!

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