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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Crime/Suspense

This batch features mobsters killing Nazis, pulp criminal action, the newest Brubaker/Phillips release, what maybe happened to Frank Lee Morris after escaping Alcatraz, and a chiaroscuro-steeped psychological thriller.



(W) Stephanie Phillips (A) Peter Krause (CA) Dave Johnson

With World War II on the horizon, Nazi sympathizers and fascists have taken root on American soil in alarming numbers, intending to push the U.S. towards and alliance with Germany. When the lone hope of stopping the American Nazi movement falls to Jewish-American gangsters currently entrenched in a violent turf war, the gangsters find that there's only one thing they hate more than each other: Nazis.

o Collects We Only Kill Each Other from the ComiXology original digital series in print for the first time.


Why this caught my eye:

You know that scene in Rocketeer where the mobster Valentine turns on the main villain and says, "I may not make an honest buck, but I'm 100% American. I don't work for no two-bit Nazi."? I just love it when mobsters kill Nazis, ok?



(W) Jerry Siegel (A/CA) Don Avenell

The Spider is the uncrowned king of the New York underworld, so elusive to the police that he even manages to taunt the Police Commissioner at his retirement party. But Professor Aldo Cummings, a famous but ill-tempered scientist, determined to stop the schemes of the Spider once and for all, invents a ray-machine which will eliminate the evil from a person's personality. But a tragic miscalculation will turn Professor Cummings into the Professor of Power, and he will seek a more direct confrontation with the Spider.

The first collection of the Spider stories originally published as part of the Picture Library series, these long-lost and fast-paced pulp adventure stories have never been reprinted before, written by Jerry Siegel (co-creator of Superman) and Donne Avenell. DEC211794

Why this caught my eye:

I'm a little confused because I feel like a decent chunk of Spider material may have been reprinted under a different label already, so I'm not entirely sure where this never-before-reprinted material connects to that other stuff. Either way, fun pulpy villain comics are always a plus.



(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips

The fourth book in the bestselling RECKLESS series is here! Crime noir masters ED BRUBAKER & SEAN PHILLIPS present yet another original graphic novel starring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless. It's the winter of 1989 and Ethan is out of town, so this time, Anna has to tackle the job on her own. When a movie scream queen asks her to prove the mansion she's renovating isn't haunted, Anna will stumble into the decades-long mystery of one of Hollywood's most infamous murder houses... a place with many dark secrets - some of which might just kill her.

Another hit from the award-winning creators of PULP, MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, CRIMINAL, and KILL OR BE KILLED - and a must-have for all ED BRUBAKER & SEAN PHILLIPS fans!


Why this caught my eye:

Just an obligatory Brubaker/Phillips heads up.



Celebrating the 60th anniversary of his incredible escape from Alcatraz prison, this thrilling graphic novel imagines what Frank Lee did next...

Bank robber. Escape artist. Genius.

But on june 11th 1962, Frank Lee Morris performed the most daring feat of them all: escaping from Alcatraz. He was never found, presumed to have drowned in San Francisco Bay. the FBI's case remains open to this day.

But what if he survived that fateful night? A free man. A second chance. What did he do then?

Immortalized by Clint Eastwood in the 1979 film, Escape from Alcatraz, writer David Hasteda and artist Ludovic Chesnot imagine just what Frank's life might have been like after performing one of the most dangerous escapes of all time.


Why this caught my eye:

The Titan HardCase imprint has had some fun books in the past so it's always worth keeping an eye on their new projects.



(W) Rayco Pulido (A/CA) Rayco Pulido

Set in 1940's Barcelona, Ghostwriter is a riveting detective story about a young housewife who turns to an unconventional private eye to help find her missing husband. But it soon becomes apparent that there may be more to this unassuming housewife than meets the eye. Masterfully paced and filled with pitch-black humor, Ghostwriter takes the reader on a wild ride full of twists and turns right through to its thrilling - and shocking - conclusion.


Why this caught my eye:

This review caught my eye a few months back and then I of course blacked out completely on it. Thankfully it was reoffered and popped back up on my radar.


That's it for this installment, we'll hit some superhero stuff next time!

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