Hard Case Crime Comics Nov20

Hard Case Crime Comics

  Hard Case Crime has been consistently publishing great books for a long time now. This fall the opened a new door and have started publishing comics. It is safe to say if you are a fan of their books you will love these comics. And what a perfect fit. Crime fiction has always translated well in comics and there has been an upswing the last few years with some great stuff to read.   The first two comics from Hard Case are TRIGGERMAN and PEEPLAND.         PEEPLAND is written by two of my favorites, Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, both authors with true bonafides when it comes to this genre. The tale is set in...

PEEPLAND #1 Reviewed

PEEPLAND Written by Gary Phillips, Christa Faust Art by Andrea Camerini Hard Case Crime October 2016             In the late 70’s, early 80’s Time Square was New York’s seedy underbelly laid bare; a bright, neon-lit sexual mecca that burned bright until developers blew in. As Disney-fied as Time Square is today, the fascination with that period –before the AIDS crisis erupted, before rampant capitalism transformed “the sleaziest block in America” into a tourist magnet–there continues to be a reemerging interest in exploring the past as more of the landmarks that gave New York its distinct grit continue to be lost to...

Fortune’s Unknown Soldier: The Influence of Hugo Pratt’s CORTO MALTESE Oct14

Fortune’s Unknown Soldier: The Influence of ...

I first heard the name “Corto Maltese” when watching the original Tim Burton Batman movie as a boy. It was mentioned in passing by reporter Vicki Vale, who’d shot an article for TIME magazine about the small, fictional war torn nation. It wouldn’t be for another 16 years that I’d learn what that particular Easter egg meant, or how much of an impact it would have on my life. The character of Corto Maltese was born out of the imagination of an Italian comic book artist/writer named Hugo Pratt, and into the pages of a magazine called Sgt Kirk in the year 1967, when the Gentleman of Fortune floated into the story...

DOOM PATROL #1

DC COMICS NOVEMBER 2016   DC’s Doom Patrol has been weird since before being weird was cool. I mean, just because you’re a “super hero” doesn’t automatically mean you’re cool. Let’s face it: if you and Superman were both on the scene to stop Brainiac, or clear the Golden Gate Bridge of cars before a bomb went off, who do you think the press would want to talk to? Chances are, you’re awkward, and never really know where to put your hands. Superman? Effortlessly cool. Always knows where to put his hands. Right. Big Blue every time. The same holds true with fans of the Doom Patrol comic. Readers who tend to feel like they are on the...

THE OMEGA MEN: THE END IS HERE Sep01

THE OMEGA MEN: THE END IS HERE

THE OMEGA MEN: THE END IS HERE DC Comics Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda give this group of DC heroes new life in a 12 issue story that is amazing. In 1981 the original version of The Omega Men was an offshoot of some of the cosmic space tales in The New Teen Titans. It was fun and the stories made the DC universe bigger. But at it’s heart it was another super team. Enter King and Bagenda. They took this team book and reimagined the whole premise inserting moral issues and politics that are relevant to the last 100 years of mankind. The Omega Men are a group of rebels who want to free a star system (The Vega System) from the rule of the...

Interview with Devin Faraci, Writer on KILLER INSI...

Interview with Devin Faraci KILLER INSIDE ME Jon: Devin, I’m a huge fan of the work of Jim Thompson, my favorite is THE ALCOHOLICS. What made you pick THE KILLER INSIDE ME to do an adaptation of? Devin: IDW had already chosen it! Chris Ryall came to me; he knew my writing and listened to my podcast, where I said I was a big fan of Jim Thompson. He had the rights to this book and took a chance on me.   Jon: I don’t like to even guess what was going on in Thompson’s head when he wrote the book. And having seen the film adaptation I don’t think I would have wanted to be around Casey Affleck while they were filming. Did Lou Ford get into...