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...

Gary Phillips: The Hardest Working Man in Crime Fi...

Gary Phillips just might steal James Brown’s title of being the Hardest Working Man in Show Business – his output certainly shows as much. This year he’s already published 3 THE HARD WAY through Down & Out Books with three more projects to see release in October. Philips, a long-time native of L.A. living near where he was born and raised, writes some of the most realistic crime fiction in the genre, filling his stories with characters that fit right into the context of their times. His restless devotion to bettering his craft shows, as Philips is still publishing some of his best work even after twenty-three years of being a...

Fantastic Four Jan10

Fantastic Four

This weekend I will be spending a fair amount of time reading comics. I read a series I haven’t read before called Marvel Knights 4. Marvel comics has a line of titles that are a little more real, a little more gritty and they have a Fantastic Four title in there with Punisher and Daredevil. And it rocks. The first trade collection starts out with the Imaginauts known as the Fantastic Four going broke. It proceeds to show how they deal with it in a very real manner. Very well done stuff. And While I’m mentioning comics, Gary Phillips has a new series from DC's Vertigo line. Angel Town. I've read #1 and 2. Awesome urban western...