mysteries and thrillers

Grandville, vol. 3: Bete Noire

grandville bete noire

The story of Grandville continues in the third volume of the adventures of Detective-Inspector Lebrock of Scotland Yard. If you aren’t familiar with the world of Grandville, it is a deeply engrossing “scientific-romance thriller,” as the subtitle says. Grandville is…

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

Blacksad - A Silent Hell

When a friend’s research for an article on the New Orleans blues scene lands private investigator John Blacksad a job looking for a missing musician, the whiskered detective’s persistence takes him deep into the city’s secret-filled shadows, putting the old adage…

The Night Bookmobile

Night Bookmobile

Audrey, Audrey, Audrey. What goes on in that head of yours? In this 2010 adult picture book, our heroine, Lexi, is taking a late night walk through the streets of Chicago, trying to clear her head after fighting with her…

Blacksad

A dead starlet. A kidnapped child. A blacklisted intellectual. Hardboiled P.I. John Blacksad knows better than to get personally involved in his cases, but fate seems disinclined to let him keep his distance. When politics, passion, and prejudice stir up…

Powers, vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?

What, Brian Michael Bendis again? I’ll admit, I’m a wee bit biased, but he’s also one of the few authors who consistently works in this genre. This time around, with Oeming’s artwork a wonderful vision of traditionally bright animation cast…

Sin City

Introduction Sin City is a series in which the men are real men, and the women are real women. Except truthfully, not so much. Sin City is the creation of Frank Miller and he’s writing noir at it’s very best.…

Goldfish

Before Brian Michael Bendis was the guy on everyone’s writer list, before he had numerous comics produced at once, and before he helped Ultimate Spider-Man take off in cartoon form on MTV, he wrote some of the best damned crime…

Jinx

In the sequel to Goldfish, again featuring his striking black and white artwork, all of the fallout from when we last saw Goldfish has settled somewhat. Goldfish still has a talent for persuasion and collecting less than stellar associates. That…

Torso

Any film noir fans out there? You know, thuggish gangsters, whipsmart private detectives, dames with attitude? In Torso, an Eisner Award winner, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko retell the true story of what happened to Elliot Ness after his…