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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Crime/Suspense/Mystery

Jim Morrison, serial killers, psychedelic noir, and Ethan Hawke all come together for this set of crime offerings.

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(W) Paolo Baron (A/CA) Ernesto Carbonetti

Amid the intense colors of a foreign land, JIM LIVES is the story of a man searching for his son - a correspondent for a popular American newspaper - who vanished into thin air after sending one last, enigmatic message: "Jim Morrison isn't dead. He's hiding out in Italy. I saw him with my own eyes." Come along with the creators of PAUL IS DEAD as they reveal the second chapter in their conspiracy trilogy: a new, fascinating vision of the most mysterious legend in the history of rock that envisions what happened "When the Music's Over."


Why this caught my eye:

Carbonetti's art in the preview caught my eye this time around as I initially missed Paul is Dead. I didn't realize they were going for a trilogy either so that's also intriguing.



(W) Doug Wagner (A/CA) Daniel Hillyard, Dave Stewart

PLASTIC creators DOUG WAGNER and DANIEL HILLYARD return with Eisner Award winner DAVE STEWART for an unsettling tale of psychopaths, sweet love, and a serial killer named Walter. When Walter's best friend, the FBI agent charged with his capture, is kidnapped by a death cult of all-female sunflower farmers, Walter finds himself deep within an underground labyrinth filled with secrets and monsters... but are their monsters more horrific than his?


Why this caught my eye:

That is legit one of the best pitches I've read in a while. Also, I'm kind of a fan of the 'serial killer saving their frenemy' trope because it doesn't happen too often (Luther and kinda Hannibal is all I can think of off the top of my head).



(W) Eric Powell, Harold Schechter (A/CA) Eric Powell

One of the greats in the field of true-crime literature, Harold Schechter, teams with five-time Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Eric Powell to bring you the tale of one of the most notoriously deranged murderers in American history, Ed Gein. This is an in-depth exploration of the Gein family and what led to the creation of the necrophile who haunted the dreams of 1950s America and inspired such films as Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs. Schechter and Powell's true-crime graphic novel takes the Gein story out of the realms of exploitation and gives the reader a fact-based dramatization of these tragic, heartbreaking and psychotic events.


Why this caught my eye:

I was initially a bit confused because there was a Kickstarter for this, but that's for a particular version and this must just be for the general and direct markets. I stopped reading Powell books a few years back and I've been meaning to revisit him, so this sounds like a decent chance to get back on that train.



(W) Ricky Mammone (A/CA) Max Bertolini

Second Chances Hotline - call now and get a new identity! All you need is some cash, a proper referral, and a very good reason to start over. When Leblanc, the man behind the hotline, is approached by a shady figure from his past, he's forced to accept a new client who doesn't meet any of the requirements - a client with chemically induced amnesia in desperate need of protection. Up-and-coming writer RICKY MAMMONE and artist MAX BERTOLINI (The Witcher, Nathan Never) explode onto the scene with this psychedelic, action-packed, bizarre noir that feels like John Wick punching through an existential French New Wave fever dream.


Why this caught my eye:

"John Wick punching through an existential French New Wave fever dream." See, sometimes it's just all in the pitch. Also, Bertolini's art looks great.



(W) Ethan Hawke (A/CA) Greg Ruth

Oscar-nominated actor and writer Ethan Hawke and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Greg Ruth present a new graphic novel following a father and son as they navigate an increasingly catastrophic day. Set against the quiet and unassuming city of Huntsville, Texas, Jack "Meadowlark" Johnson, and his teenage son, Cooper embark on a journey of epic proportions. Told over the course a single day, this electrifying graphic novel recounts Cooper's struggle to survive the consequences of his father's mistakes and the dangers they have brought home to his estranged family. As Cooper and his father desperately navigate cascading threats of violence, they must also grapple with their own combative, dysfunctional, but loving relationship.


Why this caught my eye:

I really love Ruth's art so it's always worth checking out what new projects he's got on the way.


That's it for this batch, next we'll hit some superhero action!

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