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The first of two thick, impressive volumes retelling highpoints of classic crime and mystery works, by a wide variety of comic book artists. Organized thematically, this opens with "The Act" (think In Cold Blood and A Clockwork Orange), followed by sections dedicated to "Criminals," Whodunit," "Judgment" (Scarlet Letter, anyone?), and "Punishment." Here you'll find stunning and suspenseful adaptations starring Sherlock Holmes, Auguste Dupin, Hercule Poirot, etc.
R. Sikoryak's take on the Marquis de Sade Justine is a minor masterpiece. With thus three pages, he puts Wonder Woman into the roll of the virtuous and much abused Justine, in a series of twelve hilarious take-offs on Sensation Comics. But here we have Wonder Woman being openly tortured, tied up, whipped and stripped naked in spoofs on the original 1940s adventures drawn by H.G. Peter. Complete with de Sade's dialogue, naturally. It's a hoot.
But the mystery, intrigue, and foul play don't end (or begin) there. The artists also bring to life crime stories from the Arabian Nights, the Bible, The Canterbury Tales, China's Song Dynasty, Shakespeare, James Joyce's Dubliners, and current writers like Stephen King, Jo Nesbø, and Sara Paretsky.
Rick Geary brings his crisp style to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. C. Frakes resurrects the forgotten novella "Talma Gordon," the first mystery written by an African American; and Peter Kuper illustrates Kafka, Megan Kelso does Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Sarah Crosby draws Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, plus more outtakes from Justine, Conan Doyle, The House of the Dead by Dostoesky, James M.Cain, Agatha Christie...and much more.
Even the very natures of crime, justice, and punishment are up for grabs. From The Marquis de Sade to James Cain, Aeschylus to Paula Hawkins, crime and mystery has never been so brilliantly reimagined.
“From Poe to Kafka to Dostoyevsky, all the masters are here, in these short, graphic renderings of the darkest, most foreboding writing of all time. With different artists and illustrators taking on each tale, there are many revelations.” – Bret Stephens, New York Times Book Review, 26 December 2017
- Additional Information
Item Code GRC01 Publisher Seven Stories Press Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781609807856 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 342pg Color Partial Color