Criminally Underrated: Six Crime Comics You Haven't Read From the Past 10 Years
Crime comics used to be big business. Titles like Crime Does Not Pay, True Crime Stories and Crime SuspenStories flooded newstands in the 1940s and '50s. They had a flood of popularity that, along with horror comics, could only be staunched by a book on juvenile delinquency and subsequent congressional hearings.
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When Warren Ellis decides to write a crime comic, he makes sure it's the most disturbing crime comic you'll read. The series follows homicide detective Richard Fell as he is reassigned to Snowtown, a feral city that probably resembles what it would look like if Hell popped up through a hole in the earth and took a massive dump. It's bleak, claustrophobic mood is due in part to Ben Templesmith's atmospheric art that seems more suffocating because he's working in a tight, 16-panel grid. The last issue, #9, was released in 2008, but Ellis recently said he is finishing issue 10 and that the series probably will conclude in 2011.
- Absolute Planetary Book 2 The second half of this seminal series by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday finally receives its high-quality collection.
- Mome vol. 19 The summer edition of this quarterly anthology features a strip by Gilbert Hernandez.
- The Playwright First serialized in Australia, this collection by Eddie Campbell and Darren White examines loneliness and sex through the eyes of an aging--you guessed it--playwright.
- Revolver Matt Kindt of Superspy fame takes a cue from Lost and tells the tale of a man who is able to shift back and forth into a post-apocalyptic alternate reality where he is a different, better man.
- Sweets #1 Follow the hunt for a serial killer days before Hurricane Katrina is about to hit New Orleans.
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