Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dead Boy Detectives #1

It's kind of like the Hardy Boys if the Hardy Boys were ghosts instead of brothers. Originally created in 1991 by writer Neil Gaiman and artists Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones III for The Sandman, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine earn their own comic as the ghostly youngsters continue to investigate crimes rather move on to the afterlife.

Beginning with saving a troubled young girl named Crystal involved in a bizarre heist media event, the opening arc of the new series will send the Dead Boy Detectives back to St. Hilarions, the academy both children attended (although 75 years apart) and where both met their deaths, in hopes that they might save Crystal of a similar fate.

Although I found the elaborate heist/performance art involving Crystal's parents that opens the issue a bit hard to follow, Dead Boy Detectives #1 offers up a strong first issue to reintroduce out both characters and give them an excuse to return to school that destroyed and ended each of their lives. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]

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