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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Request!

I'm in the mood for a mystery. As usual, my non-superhero comic repetoire is really limited. So if anyone can recommend me a good comic book mystery story, I'd greatly appreciate it!

16 Comments:

  • At December 29, 2007 6:01 AM, OpenID lurkerwithout said…

    For a horror/crime/gangster book I'd go with "The Damned" from Oni...

    For super-heroeness/mystery you've got the recent Morrison Batman "Club of Heroes" arc...

    For a mystery that ends up being utter nonsense, and the art becomes real annoying after about 6 pages, their is the minx line's "Clubbing"...

    For a scary webcomic there is Doors & Windows: http://shawntionary.com/comics/dw_index.html...

    There is also the recent Goon trade "The Goon: Chinatown and the mystery of Mr. Wicker"...

    Alan Moore's "Top 10" is a nice police drama with several mysteries in all 3 trades. Make sure to get the Moore written ones. The series without him was utter ass...

    For plain ol' crime/film noir style you can't beat Brubaker's "Criminal"...

    Hmmm. This is harder than I'd thought. Most of my mystery/crime genre stuff is on film or regular books...

     
  • At December 29, 2007 8:30 AM, Blogger vjmurphy said…

    Old Maze Agency comics are great: fairplay mysteries!

     
  • At December 29, 2007 10:18 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters...oh you mean COMIC book mysteries.

    Haven't a clue. Listen to Lurker.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 11:05 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Haven't a clue. Listen to Lurker.

    So many of life's problems can be solved this way. Also send pie. Apple. Thank you...

     
  • At December 29, 2007 11:22 AM, Blogger clmcshane said…

    Kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich is a better Minx choice I think

    I'll second Criminal by Ed Brubaker/Sean Philips

    One of the House of Mystery showcase editions.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 12:00 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    Crime Bible has been pretty good, but the ending is a mystery. only three of the five issues are out.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 1:15 PM, Blogger Ferrous Buller said…

    I'll second "The Damned," though I'd say it was more of a warped take on noir than a mystery per se.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 1:38 PM, Blogger KD said…

    Whiteout by Greg Rucka is a great murder mystery that takes place in Antarctica and is gonna be a movie soon. The sequel's also good but it's more of a thriller than a murder mystery.

    If you really want to hurt your brain with nigh-on lethal amounts of mysteries and conspiracies, check out 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. It starts out as straight-up film noir revenge sagas and gets incredibly complicated shortly after Trade #2.

    Hawaiian Dick is a good film noir meets supernatural shenanigans story and the first trade includes a list of Tiki Drinks as part of the bonus features.

    If you're really up for some superheroes in your noir, I'd say go out and read all the issues/trades of Gotham Central you can find. Rucka and Brubaker are on fire in that series.

    There's also this book out called "Detective Comics" but beware - the title is really misleading. It's actually about some dude in a bat suit.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 2:03 PM, Anonymous WM said…

    Ms. Tree by Max Allan Collins and Scott Beatty, and Whiteout by Greg Rucka (nice call, kd).

     
  • At December 29, 2007 4:40 PM, Blogger Centurion said…

    I will second Gotham Central, except for maybe the last issue that title was solid. The last issue was good as well, but for a different reason.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 6:24 PM, Anonymous elad said…

    there is also Detective Conan, or as it's also known Case Closed which is a sherlock holmes style detective manga.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 8:24 PM, Anonymous Katie Q said…

    If you do manga, the Kindaichi series is excellent. Complicated but fair-play mysteries with two compelling leads. It captures both the feel and mechanics of traditional prose whodunits like no other comic I've read.

    The old CrossGen series "Ruse" is pretty good, but it has supernatural elements--which a lot of people consider off-limits in a whodunit--and it more often functions as a super-hero story that just uses the tropes of British crime fiction.

    I can't second lurker's suggestion of Morrison's recent "Club of Heroes" arc. It wants to be a "Ten Little Indians"-style mystery, but it fails miserably. In fact, I warn against it (just as a whodunit, though, it's not a bad super-hero story).

    I haven't read any of "The Maze Agency," but it sounds very enticing.

     
  • At December 29, 2007 8:40 PM, Blogger Rob S. said…

    Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark's Scene of the Crime is a great little trade paperback.

     
  • At December 30, 2007 12:02 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

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  • At December 30, 2007 12:04 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    For another noir story (combined with powered characters), you can't go wrong with Brubaker's "Sleeper." It's SO good if you like a pretty dark story with lots of moral ambiguity.

    Another crime comic I can't recommend enough is "Blacksad" by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. There are three stories that have been written, but only two have been translated from the original French & Spanish versions. If you can speak either of those, then you can get the bonus third story and I'll be incredibly jealous. :) "Blacksad" is noir but set a little after WWII. The kicker is that all the characters are represented by anthropomorphic animals (the lead private detective character is a cat). The art is amazing and I just wish they made more. Punch "Blacksad" into GoogleImages and you'll see what I mean.

     
  • At January 02, 2008 4:47 AM, Blogger Maggie said…

    This is a little different but there's a comic version of Niel Gaiman's short story Murder Mysteries - it's not exactly Phillip Marlowe but it's very interesting.

     

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