The main cast for Dead Boy Detectives has been revealed. The comic series will be coming to HBO Max with a pilot in the works. George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, and Kassius Nelson will star in the lead roles.
Created by Neil Gaiman, the Dead Boy Detectives was released as a comic series from DC Comics. The Dead Boy Detectives are Charles Rowland (Revri) and Edwin Paine (Rexstrew) who decide to not go to the afterlife and instead stay on Earth and investigate supernatural crimes. They’re joined by Crystal Palace (Nelson) who is a psychic medium. Dead Boy Detectives was published by DC’s Vertigo imprint with a story by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham and art by Mark Buckingham and Gary Erskine.
Reports have even more cast including Alexander Calvert as Thomas The Cat King; Briana Cuoco as Jenny; Jenn Lyon as Esther; Yuyu Kitamura as Niko; and Ruth Connell who will play Night Nurse.
Steve Yockey is writing and executive producing the pilot. Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti, Sara Schechter, and David Madden are executive producing.
The series isn’t a guarantee and just a pilot is in the works. Gaiman has had success currently with American Gods at Starz, Lucifer formerly on Fox and now Netflix and The Sandman coming to Netflix. Gaiman has an overall deal with Amazon which airs Good Omens. Amazon is also readying based on Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.
This series has done well enough when it has recaptured what made the original series so strong from Grimm Fairy Tales. Instead of just telling a fairy tale, it managed to put that into a modern perspective with some issue that is enough of a problem in society so as to be worth addressing. Sometimes though with this series this format is pushed aside for something closer to a pure horror story, often with a little bit of a moral attached, but enough off target to be more for scares than for a deeper meaning. This one ends up being a bit of a combination of both, because of its inverted structure as it is not the main focus of the story that has a comeuppance here but rather the side story.
The story focuses on female hitchhikers, and because of that could probably have been deeper in some ways. The concept of the hitchhiker in horror and science fiction is a common enough one, and generally speaking the hitchhiker comes along with some unnatural abilities. That is the case here evidently, but the lesson learned from the main story is a bit weird, as clearly the villain of the story is hard to ascertain. This story does address an often ignored social problem, and that is of the danger posed to female hitchhikers, particularly those in some parts of Canada where it is the only legitimate form of transit and where murders or disappearances are often and unexplained. Through such a prism there is a bit of an actual moral payoff in this story, but it is more implied than verified.
This series has been unexpectedly good at times, but this particular issue does not manage the same impact that others had, either in terms of the scary horror moments nor in therms of any morale coming out of the story as told by the series main character Keres. What is left is a story that works on some levels but is unfortunately unbalanced in its outlook, and a little misguided by not digging a bit deeper.
Story: Steve Yockey Art: Eleonora Carlini
Story: 7.3 Art: 7.3 Overall: 7.3 Recommendation: Pass
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Grimm Tales of Terror #8 – “Black Eye”
Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Steve Yockey
Written by Steve Yockey
Artwork by Josh George
Colors by Rosario Costanzo
Letters by Micah Myers
Edited by Nicole Glade
Production & Design by Christopher Cote & Joi Dariel
Release Date: 2/18/15
Ghastly Award Nominated Series!
A lonely man picks up a young hitchhiker along the road. She turns out to be sweet and grateful for the ride. But what happens when a friendly ride turns into something else?