Comics & Graphic Novels

Recent and Upcoming Comic & Graphic Novel Releases

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COMICS (COMING SOON, CURRENT & ON-GOING)

  • From the Pit They Came | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    A one-off team-up, featuring Steve Niles’ Cal McDonald and David Dastmalchian’s Count Crowley. It’s two, two, two anti-social, maladjusted monster hunters in one! Fighting—what else?–a monster. At a fan convention!
  • Gotham City: Year One  | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    This  promising mini-series, set two generations before Bruce Wayne’s birth, stars Slam Bradley, the hardest-working private eye in the DC universe, who’s hired by to investigate the high profile abduction of infant Helen Wayne, the so-called “Princess of Gotham”—a crime which is already being dubbed the “kidnapping of the century.” It’s a noirish, brooding tale, all dark shadows and family secrets, with nods (so far) to the notorious Lindbergh kidnapping and Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.(October 2022)
  • The Variants | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    SHE’S BACK! Jessica Jones, the super-powered, super-troubled private dick returns in a suitably gritty series scripted by Gail Simone and drawn by Phil Noto that just feels all kind of right. Sure, the spandex crowd are all over the place, but each issue bills it as a “A Jessica Jones Mystery,” promising a real return-to-roots. (Begins June 2022).
  • Hit Me | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Bad grrrl noirista and fashion plate Christa Faust is at it again, this time with a new mini-series revolving around Lulu, an Atlantic City sex worker who gets paid by the bruise. But when the Masochistic Madame witnesses a mob hit, she has to take it on the lam. Art by Priscilla Petraites. (Begins March 2022).
  • Angel
    Just like Buffy, the adventures of her vampire P.I. pal Angel have continued in a seemingly endless string of comic book limited series from various publishers, many written (or at least approved of) by Joss Whedon and therefore considered canonical. But not all of them. Like this latest 8-issue series from Boom! Studios, which has has our favourite bloodsucker reimagined as a celebrity sleuth with his own reality show, Angel for Hire, although of course it’s just a front for his real job: hunting down assorted monsters for Angel Investigations.(January 2022)
  • Blacksad: They All Fall Down (Part Two) | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The world’s toughest cat P.I. is back, in possibly his biggest case yet, as he strives to protect a New York City union boss from the Mob, and various other malcontents. (November 2021).
  • The Human Target
    Christopher Chance, the Human Target,  is back! And as if bodyguarding Lex Luthor isn’t enough, now he has to solve a murder–his own! It’s a neat and clever spin on the old film noir classic, DOA by writer Tom King, with 
    tone-perfect art by Greg Smallwood.
  • Newburn
    Finally! An honest-to-goodness regular series starring an honest-to-goodness hard-boiled private eye! And what an eye! Ex-cop Easton Newsom has some very special clients–he’s the official investigator for organized crime in NYC,  cleaning up the messes and (hopefully) keeping the peace. Written by Chip Zdarsky, with amazing art by Jacob Phillips. (Series starts November 2021).

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COLLECTIONS

  

  • Homicide: The Graphic Novel, Part 1 | Buy the graphic novel
    The Wire creator David Simon and artist Philippe Squarzoni team up to present the first volume of this bold, gritty graphic novel adaptation of Simon’s 1991 true crime classic, which followed his year-long embedment with the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide unit. The book served for the inspiration for the acclaimed television show Homicide: Life on the Streets. (July 2023).
  • Bixby Grant, Private Eye
    Tomb It May Concern: A crowd-sourced graphic novel featuring the world’s first mummy detective! Written by Patrick Coyle and illustrated by Gonzalo Martínez. (April 2023)
  • The Variants | Buy the graphic novel
    Rounds up issues 1-5. Everyone’s favourite super-powered private eye, Jessica Jones, has a problem—the multiverse has dumped a shitload of alternate versions of herself on her and not all of them are friendly. (March 2023)
  • Noir Is The New Black Presents: Watson And Holmes
    Holmes and Watson reimagined as Black dudes in modern day Harlem. Collects the first five issues of the 2012-13 series by Karl Bollers and Rick Leonardi, with a new cover by Khary Randolph.(January 2023)
  • Detective Is Already Dead, Vol. 5 | Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The popular manga returns (January 2023)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing | Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Collects all four issues of the recent Titan series, inspired by the recent Netflix show. Written by Dan Watters, with art by Larmar Mathurin. (November 2022)
  • The Continental Op Buy the collection 
    I didn’t even know this was in the works. John K. Snyder III, whose work I first became aware of a few years ago with his masterful graphic novel adaptation of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, digs even deeper into the hard-boiled canon with this moody, twitchy (and spot-on) illustrated edition of Dashiell Hammett’s first five Continental OP short stories. It’s not a graphic novel, but check out those ten drop-dead gorgeous art plates.(November 2022)
  • Detective Is Already Dead, Vol. 4 (2020) | Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/Comixology it!
    Being the assistant to an eccentric detective is bad enough, but when your boss is dead? (October 2022)
  • Follow Me Down Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The last installment in this outstanding series, The Ghost in You, had under-the-table eighties P.I. Ethan Reckless out of the action, stomping around San Francisco, allowing his long-suffering assistant Anna, to work a case on her own back in the City of Angels. And now we find out what Ethan was up to, and it’s a stone-cold heartbreaker. (October 2022)
  • The Human Target  Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The DC Universes legendary bodyguard Christopher Chance has 12 days to solve a murder—his own! It’s a nifty take on the classic noir flick DOA, and each issue of this 12-part mini-series counts down his death, issue by issue. Written by Tom King and illustrated by Greg Smallwood. (September 2022)
  • Hit Me!  Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Christa Faust’s noirish tumble into the world of a hooker, Lulu, with a real speciality: she gets paid by the bruise… and she likes it. Well, until she crosses paths with the Atlantic City mob.Collects the entire mini-series. (September 2022)
  • Blacksad: They All Fall Down (Part One) Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The world’s toughest cat P.I. is back, in possibly his biggest case yet, as he strives to protect a New York City union boss from the Mob, and various other malcontents. 
  • Criminal Macabre: Spirit of the Demon Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    A brand new Cal McDonald graphic novel by Steve Niles, with art by Szymon Kudranski. (August 2022).
  • Jinx Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Yet another roundup of  all of the original Jinx issues originally published by Caliber Press and Image Comics, featuring the trouble-bound Cleveland bounty hunter and her low-life pals, with an introduction by acclaimed comics creator David Mack and more than 60 pages of behind-the-scenes bonus material. (August 2022)
  • Newburn, Volume One Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The very best monthly private eye comic around, featuring humourless but deadly efficient PI Easton Newburn who has a very selective list of clients: New Yorks myriad crime families. Collects the first eight issues. (September 2022)
  • Mucho Mojo Buy the graphic novel
    Graphic novel adaptation by Finnish illustrator Jussi Piironen of Joe R. Lansdale’s 1994 novel, featuring his odd couple Texan trouble makers and longtime pals Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who get to mourn the loss of a beloved uncle, track down a serial killer and burn down a crack house. As one does. Politics, women, race, homophobia and more will be discussed but rest assured, action fans: shit will also be kicked. (August 2022)
  • Hawkeye: Kate Bishop  Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    She’s supposed to be a private eye, closing down her Venice Beach office on her way back to the Big Apple, but a detour on the way to help out her estranged sister involves more superhero hijinks than any actual detective work. Disappointing. Collects all five issues of the mini-series. (May 2022)
  • The Ghost in You  Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    The always dependable bestsellers Ed Brubaker (words) and Sean Phillips (pictures) return with the fourth graphic novel starring 1980s Los Angeles slacker P.I. Ethan Reckless, but this time the spotlight is on his long-suffering assistant (and projectionist) Anna, a pink-haired young punk who gets drawn into a case involving a former movie screen queen, one of Hollywood’s most notorious murder houses and a smorgasbord of long buried secrets, while her boss is out of town.
  • Luke Cage Omnibus Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Back in the seventies, Luke Cage became American comics’ first Black superhero to get his own book. He was obviously modeled on John Shaft, a bad mother (shut ya mouth!) who worked as a private eye (he called himself a hero-for-hire) in NYC’s hood. Okay, so Shaft didn’t have bulletproof skin and never had to deal with Cottonmouth or any of Marvel’s other supervillains, but Cage always had a certain street-level grit and swagger–despite the yellow disco shirt and all those chains he must have borrowed from Isaac Hayes– that most Marvel heroes lacked. This doorstopper collects the complete run of Hero for Hire, Power Man and the Power Man Annual.
  • Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Collects the prose stories featuring Steve Niles’s ghost-and-monster-busting private eye: “Savage Membrane;” “Guns, Drugs, and Monsters,” “Dial M for Monster” and “All My Bloody Things,” plus two new  stories: “The Dead Son,” Out of Water” and an introduction by horror legend John Carpenter. (May 2022)
  • Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition–Last Call Buy the graphic novel
    At last! The long-postponed wrap-up to the Award-winning Martini Edition is here, collecting Darwyn Cooke’s full-length adaptations of Stark’s novels The Score and Slayground,  plus more than 100 pieces of never-before-seen Parker art; a round table talk with Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Bruce Timm, and Scott Dunbier on Parker and Cooke; and a brand-new 17-page story by multiple Eisner Award-winning creators Brubaker and Phillips–all in a fancy-pants ov
    ersized slipcase edition. (May 2022)
  • Flung Out of Space Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Inspired by the ”indecent adventures” of Patricia Highsmith, crime fiction’s perennial dark horse and one of its most complex and troubled (and troubling) authors, this hardcover offers an edgy and complex imagining of one of Highsmith’s struggles to come to terms with her literary ambitions, her sexuality, and the fact she’s doesn’t much like people, all while slaving away for the “low-brow” comic book industry, while her first two novels, the much-loved Strangers on a Train (the basis for the Hitchcock film) and the essential queer classic The Price of Salt are still hovering on the horizon. It’s a fascinating look at the still controversial writer’s struggle to find her own voice, without selling her soul. Written by Grace Ellis, with illustrations by Hannah Templer.
  • The Gotham Central Omnibus Buy the graphic novel
    Writers: Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka
    Artists: Michael Lark, Stefan Gaudiano, Kano

    No, it’s not full of private eyes, but anyone who hangs out at the dark end of the crime fiction street will dig this 968-page brick rounding up all 40 issues of Gotham Central (2002-06), DC’s Eisner-winning series that zeroed in on the gritty day-to-day of the Gotham City’s beleagured cops who have to battle everything from psychotic supervillains to run-of-the-mill mobsters and petty thieves–not to mention internal corruption, red tape and a masked nutjob running around the city at night fighting crime dressed up like some kind of flying rodent. Commissioner Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Maggie Sawyer, Renee Montoya and the rest of the GCPD all clock in, as well as a few choice cameos by the afore-mentioned nutjob, in this landmark series that injects Hill Street Blues-style grit into the DCU. (April 2022)
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Bigfoot Buy the graphic novel | Kindle/ComiXology it!
    Sixth all-new graphic novel from Dynamite, featuring everyone’s favourite wizard P.I., with three previously published shorts reimagined to form a whole new novel-length read. With art by Joe Cooper and a cover by Chris McGrath. (March 2022)

  

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