Nick Archer (Liar’s Kiss)

Created by Eric Skillman & Jhomar Soriano

“I don’t even know what the hell I’m doing! I follow people around and take pictures for Christ’s sake! I’m no detective!”

Private eye NICK ARCHER isn’t much of a private eye, but he sure can be a dick in Liar’s Kiss, a 2011 graphic novel by writer Eric Skillman and artist Jhomar Soriano.

He hasn’t even paid his assistant in weeks,Nick’s certainly got a really sweet deal going: he’s been hired by a jealous rich guy to keep an eye on his hot cha cha trophy wife with the bedroom eyes, and report back on a weekly basis.

Problem is that wifey’s more than a little easy on the eyes–and almost as horny as Nick is.

Together, between torrid blasts of slap-and-tickle, they cook up a scam to string the old coot along –but then murder rears its ugly little head, and the wife is the prime suspect.

Except… she was in bed with Nick at the time.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.. you’ve seen it all before. But this one’s worth taking a look at. With great, moody black and white artwork, heavy on the black,  reminiscent at times of Carlos Sampayo and Jodee Munoz’s acclaimed private eye comic Alack Sinner, Liar’s Kiss is an audacious debut from Skillman, both a solid P.I. tale and a twisty-turny noir full of greed, lust and hidden agendas.


  • “Skillman and Soriano weave a twisted tale of classic noir. The story keeps you guessing until the end, and the art delivers the right blend of pitch-black shadows and crisp, sexy line work.”
    — Sean Phillips
  • “Loved it. The dialogue crackles, the art’s delicious, and the moral ambiguity hits you like a fist in the belly. This is noir at its best.”
    — Charles Ardai



  • September 6, 2023
    The Bottom Line: Not much of a P.I., but he sure can be a dick, taking money from a rich old coot AND sleeping with his wife, in this steamy, noir-soaked 2011 graphic novel. And then the old man is murdered…
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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