WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS? Aug27

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE MALMONS?

This year’s Bouchercon is fast approaching and St. Petersburg, Florida, will become the center of the worldwide mystery community. This year, Kate and I are attending, but not just as fans. In addition to Kate cementing her status as World’s Greatest Moderator (she’s seriously legit, you guys), we have been nominated for the BEST ANTHOLOGY Anthony Award as editors of the KILLING MALMON anthology. It’s something of a cliché to say that it’s an honor to just be nominated, but in this case, it’s one hundred percent true. The anthology was put together as a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our contributors turned in...

REVIEW OF PEARL #1

Jinxworld/ DC Comics October 2018   After more than a decade of working exclusively with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis’s move to rival DC Comics earlier this year proved to be a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape. Bendis not only had a massive impact on the four-color pages of Marvel comics with lengthy runs on Daredevil, the Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man, but also the creation of the Miles Morales Spider-Man and ex-super-hero/current PI Jessica Jones. But while Bendis was creating havoc with Marvel’s company-owned characters, he was also continuing his love of crime stories in the pages of his creator-owned Jinxworld...

Road to Las Vegas or How I Created an Ex-magician Card Cheat who Repos Exotic Animals Aug16

Road to Las Vegas or How I Created an Ex-magician ...

A little advice for new parents: the perfect way to get your newborn to fall asleep is by binge watching 70’s era private eye tv shows. Stick to TV shows, though. Clint Eastwood’s Magnum seems to be too loud for a 3-week-old regardless of the volume on your set. Also stick to the 70’s. Imagine my surprise when I found that the good people at FX would create a show with a cute title like “Terriers” yet fill it with potty-mouthed low-lifes (By the way, Terriers is the greatest single season of television ever and I will fight anyone who says different*). My daughter gravitated towards the grandfatherly nature of Mr. Peter Falk as Columbo,...

REVIEW OF HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes AfterShock Comics August 8th, 2018   I’m a sucker for provincialism. Minnesota sports. Minnesota beer. Scotch tape. Minnesota… crime? Oh, yes. That puts HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, the new crime drama from Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine) dropping August 8th from AfterShock Comics, right into my wheelhouse. Reviewing the first issue of a comic is tricky: you have less material to cover than you do in a trade collection or novel. And honestly, the first issue’s job is really just to set the stage, introduce the players, and establish the...

REVIEW OF POTTER’S FIELD BY ROB HART

POTTER’S FIELD Rob Hart July 10, 2018 Polis Books   Some people seem to never grow up. For Ash McKenna’s, that meant spending his days in an eternal funk, unable to crawl out of the emotional pit he found himself in after the death of his firefighter father during the 9/11 tragedy. Spiraling out control, Ash kept himself in booze and pills by doing odd jobs for local New York crime boss Ginny Tonic. A self-described “blunt instrument,” Ash would just need to be pointed at a person, place, or thing. Then he’d punch it until it would break. Ash wasn’t a bad guy, but he was an incomplete version of a human being. He was pure Id,...