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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Crime/Suspense

On this batch of crime and mystery we have a chunky anthology of crime adaptations, the tale of an unlikely assassin, the murder of a renowned botanist and master dyer, one of the most infamous and strangest assassinations of all time, and the debut graphic novel of acclaimed Cartoon Network animator Norm Konyu.

 

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Here are Teddy Goldenberg's dense, murky treatment of Dashiell Hammett's "The Road Home," often considered the first hard-boiled detective story ever published. Shawn Cheng renders the first serial-killer story, the so-called fairy tale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault. Landis Blair reimagines The Trial as a choose-your-own-adventure story that you cannot win. Plus twenty-three other contributors using a wide range of illustrative styles.

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Why this caught my eye:

My kingdom for a solicitation that lists more than three out of 26 creators for an anthology. Regardless of the lack of that info, the Graphic Cannons are fantastically dense books with great contributors, and this is a way to appreciate the late Russ Kick's efforts in pulling these projects together.

 

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(W) B. Mure (A/CA) B. Mure


A new book in the quiet, fantastical Ismyre series by Bristol-based creator B. Mure. Mure continues to expand the Ismyre universe, this time with a story of deception and intrigue! In Ismyre, on the eve of his lecture, the renowned botanist and master dyer Professor Detlef is found dead in the university gardens. As the local constabulary begin their search for the culprit, a strange detective arrives from outside the city to help solve the crime. In a place where things are never as they seem, will Mary the university custodian be able to help the mysterious investigator uncover the truth?

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Why this caught my eye:

Well, after looking up Mure's art and other books that are part of this world I'm going to have to backtrack and check out the whole set.

 

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(W) B. Clay Moore (A/CA) Stephen Molnar


Amara Bishop is a newly single mother with a long-buried past. Raised by an alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, Amara was a child when she learned to kill. And she hasn't killed anyone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change... An unlikely assassin in a deadly game of cat and mouse, brought to you by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) and Stephan Molnar (Imaginary Fiends, Star Trek). This volume contains the entire series, issues #1-5.

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Why this caught my eye:

It's actually been quite a while since I've read some B. Clay Moore but I recall greatly enjoying Battle Hymn and Hawaiian Dick bacck when they were coming out. The previews for this also looked pretty good when the single issues were being offered and I like Molnar's style.

 

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(W) Philip Gelatt, Dave Stone (A) Tyler Crook


The year is 1916. The fate of millions of people hangs in the balance, and in Russia's capital city of Petrograd, corruption rules the day and conspiracy rules the night. But to British intelligence officer Cleary, the Petrograd post is all drunken nights, bleary-eyed mornings, and the occasional report back to London. However, when rumors circulate that the tsarina's most trusted advisor is counseling the tsar to make peace with Germany, Cleary-to his horror-is tasked with ending the influence of that advisor: the notorious Grigori Rasputin. And so, the stage is set for one of the most infamous and strangest assassinations of all time, and a world that would never be the same.


Acclaimed writer and director Philip Gelatt (Europa Report, They Remain) and renowned artist Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., Harrow County)'s debut comic is back in print featuring a new cover and introduction from established historian David R. Stone. S

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm super glad this is back in print as I loved it when it first came out 10 years back. I absolutely love Crook's art as well so I just like to push him when I can. I will just say that while it is nice to have this in print and a little less expensive than the original HC, the HC was really nice for being only $5 bucks more and you can still hunt it down fairly easily right now. Just sayin'.

 

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(W) Norm Konyu (A/CA) Norm Konyu


DEBUT GRAPHIC NOVEL BY ACCLAIMED CARTOON NETWORK ANIMATOR NORM KONYU! When a missing child, Lucas Jones, reappears after an absence of 12 years, the brief moment of joy is clouded by mystery. Where has he been? Where is his father who disappeared at the same time? And how is it possible that Lucas is still 11 years old?


"NORM KONYU'S THE JUNCTION IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE GRAPHIC NOVEL. GORGEOUS IN EVERY WAY" - JORDAN ROBERTS (WRITER OF BIG HERO 6, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS)

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Why this caught my eye:

Just checking out Konyu's work and the preview art for this and I'm hooked on the style.

 

That's it for this batch, next time we'll hit some Marvel books!

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