Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Crime Comics: Silverfish

Versión en español

Mia is young girl who hates her stepmom. She accuses her of trick her dad, to try to substitute her mother and bribing her little sister with cheap presents.
 
One day, her parents go to a fishing trip leaving the girls alone.
Mia decides to invite her friend to stay over; they look through her stepmother’s stuff and find money and a phone number.
After making a prank call, they become the targets of a killer with a vendetta.






This is a simple story about past crimes, it’s probably one of the most comprehensive and least depressive comic by Lapham. (I’ll talk about Stay Bullets in another article) 

The narration is solid and easy to follow with some really creepy scenes.


Title: Silverfish
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: David Lapham
For fans of: Cape fear.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Crime Comics: Selina's Big Score

This stand alone story by Darwyn Cooke it’s a fantastic heist comic with Catwoman as a protagonist. 


After faking her dead and traveling around the world Selina Kyle ends up with no money and nowhere to run, so she gets back to Gotham City. There she meets Chantal a call girl who has the information to rob a train full of mafia money. Now Selina must mends old friendships, take new risks and deal with Private Eye: Slam Bladley. 





The art by Darwyn Cooke is beautiful with clean and solid story telling. 

Title: Selina’s Big Score 
Writer: Darwyn Cooke 
Artist: Darwyn Cooke 
For fans of: Ocean’s eleven. 
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Webcomic recommendation: Grotesco

Our hero was born with the Proteus syndrome. He was abandoned in a convent and raised by 7 nuns. After suffering a tragedy and be treated unfair by the police, he decides to become a lawyer to help poor people. 
Soon he realizes it’s not enough and assumes a new identity. 
Good interesting story using comic strips.

Titulo:  Grotesco (Grotesque)

Idioma: Spanish
Estatus: Weekly updates

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Crimen Comics: Stumptown

When Greg Rucka said he didn’t like that modern  detectives  must have “a hook”. Psychics, half crazy, pretending to be psychics or have a vendetta against a serial killer. “ Why can’t a detective just be a good detective?” I immediately knew Stumptown was for me. 


Dex is a Private Investigator in Portland, Oregon (nickname Stumptown), she sometimes drinks too much, she picks thw wrong kind of boyfriends o girlfriends, and she has a gambling problem. But she always comes home to take care of her little brother with Down syndrome.
In the first volume : “The Case of the Girl Who Took her Shampoo (But Left her Mini)” accepts the case of finding a missing girl in exchange of having her debt clear with the casino.


In the second story: “The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case” a rockstar hires Dex to find her favorite guitar that was stolen during the tour, but as always nothing is as it seems.
The more Dex investigates, she finds more stuff to get her in more trouble.
The art is simple an realistic on technical details like cars, guitars and guns.
Also many references to real places in Oregon.
By the way, Greg Rucka likes Detective Fausto. He actually shared it on his tumblr page and twitter.



Title: Stumptown
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Matthew Southworth
For fans of: The Rockford Files, Phillip Marlowe novels, Terriers
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crime Comics: Bad Night

Criminal is probably the most representative Crime Comic of the past decade.
On this volume “Bad Night” Jacob Kurts is a cartoonist with insomnia. He spends his nights drawing, driving through the neighborhood and visiting a 24 hours diner.



One night he likes a woman in the dinner, and after an altercation with her boyfriend, Jacob let’s her stay in his home. But she and her boyfriend are criminals and forced Jacob to work for them.

Soon we find out that Jacob isn’t as innocent as he looks, or sane. He also has skeletons in his closet.
Maybe after the “Last of the innocents” this story is the most meta with a comic creator loosing his mind and talking with his own fictional characters. 
Also the artist Sean Phillips is the model for Jacob.

The art is dark, very noir. Shadows in every panel. The colors help to set the scene more from a hospital room to a strip joint. 
Title: Criminal: Bad Night
Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist: Sean Phillips 
For fans of: The Machinist 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Crime Comics: Chicanos

I admit, I only bought this comic for the name of the protagonist “A.Y. Jalisco” (Because Jalisco is my home state) 



Anyway, A.Y. Jalisco is a Private Investigator in New York with the WORST luck in the world.
She tries to save her friend from dating a serial killer, but she ends up as possible victim. In another case she helps a mob boss to reunite with his mother, but she ends persecuted by the police and the District Attorney (her love interest) 

Hopes and dreams of love and wealth that disappear very fast. You don’t know if you should cry or laugh at the situations.
Although, the story sometimes plays the stereotypes too much. Like the dinner “The jumping bean” (The creators are from Argentina and if you think is the same thing, it would be like saying England and Australia are the same because they speak english)
Art in black and white by Eduardo Risso. With his unique sequential panels and distinctive characters, like the very curious looking A.Y. Jalisco. 


Title: Chicanos
Writer: Carlos Trillo 

Artist: Eduardo Risso 
For fans of: Kiss, kiss, bang, bang and La India María. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crime Comics: Jonny Double

A mini series from Vertigo with an old character from the 60’s. Jonny Double is a Private Investigator from San Francisco. 


One day a client hires him to keep an eye on his libertine daughter, Faith. When Jonny gets closer to the girl, he’s seduced into a scam to get the money form Al Capone’s olds safe deposit.


But soon they all find out there isn’t such thing as easy money.
The sequential art is great, with different panels and angles. Also, the characters designs are diverse.


Title: Jonny Double
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
For fans of: 100 Bullets.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crime Comics: Alias

Alias is my favorite Marvel comic. 




Jessica Jones is the owner (only employee) of Alias investigations. She used to be a super hero name Jewel, but she walked away in very perturbing circumstances, that leaver her with emotional issues.
Jessica drinks, smokes and is little bit self-destructive. With every case you see her try to confront her problems, and you see her run away again. Slowing growing on the process, at the end you truly smile for her. 


The other part of the story deals with blackmailing Captain America, a drug problem with a Spider girl, a missing mutant girl and more. All with cameos from the Avengers.
The art is dark, and it seems there isn’t a straight line, all perfect for Jessica Jones and her life at the moment. 

Title: Alias
Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos and others
For fans of: Veronica Mars and Gotham Central.



UPDATE: They made a tv show of Alias: Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix, I'm sure you all watched. I personally like the comics better. (Too much Killgrave in the show, if you ask me). So Marvel has new prints of the series and you can get it in comixology. 

oh yeah, my fan art :D

Jessica Jones P.I. by ~MoniBolis on deviantART
 
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Crime Comics: Area 10

From the cancelled Vertigo Crime, Area 10 it’s a good mystery with a supernatural touch. 


Detective Adam Kamen is recovering from a head injury, when he comes back to work the NYDP is investigating a serial killer nickname “Henry the eight” who decapitates his victims. 

While investigating, Kamen realizes his perception has changed and now he can see glances of past and future, and maybe the killer wants what he got. And all it has to do with some old fashion trepanation.
The art is black and white, beautiful work using negative space and shadows. 

Title: Area 10
Writer: Christos N. Cage
Artist: Chris Samnee
For fans of: Seven, Fallen 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Crime comics: A history of violence

Tom McKenna lives a quiet normal life with his family in a small town. Until one day he stops a couple of killers in his diner. 


Now he’s a local hero and his face is on newspaper and tv. Which is really bad for Tom, who’s been hiding from the mob for the last 20 years. 

Tom must face his past sins.
The art it’s in black and white and scratchy, giving the story a special look. 

Title: A history of violence
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Vince Locke
For fans of: Mr. Majestyk or Death Wish.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Crime Comics: Detectives Inc

Ted Denning and Bob Rainier are a couple of Private investigators working in NY city back in the early 1980’s.


In “A remembrance of threatening green” the detectives are hired to investigate the death of a young female doctor. Her girlfriend believes there was no accident. 
Meanwhile, Bob has to deal with his feelings for his ex wife. And Ted works hard to not lose his woman. Both men are affected by the investigations. They’re not cynics, the care about their clients. 


A mature story that doesn’t talk down to the reader.
The art is black and white. Narration with traditional panels and some imaginative layouts.



Title: Detective Inc: A remembrance of threatening green
Writer: Don McGregor
Artist: Marshall Rogers
For fans of: Starky and Hutch 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Crime Comics: Torso


Based on the true story of the Torso killer, who terrorized Clevaland in 1930’s. This graphic novel gives you facts with a fictional plot. 


The killer is named “Torso” by the newspaper because the victims are left with out the head and extremities.
During that time Elliot Ness, famous for The Untouchables, becomes the Safety Director and leader of the investigation. But his tactics against organized crime don’t work with a serial killer. The beginning of the end for the hero of the law. 

The art is in black and white, with actual pictures of the crime scenes and the city. 





Title: Torso
Writer: Brian Bendis and Marc Andreyko
Artist: Brian Bendis
For fans of: Zodiac, the Untouchables.
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