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Review: Weird Detective #5

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Det. Sebastian Greene is determined to rescue his partner, Sana, even if it exposes his true demonic nature, but his only clue is the monster killing people all over New York. Can he find Sana, take down the killer, and protect himself from the powerful alien forces corrupting the NYPD?

Weird Detective #5 features more monsters than ever as Greene’s past life begins to seep through. I’m curious to see more of his past since it hints at a lot that we still don’t know. Was he a crooked cop? Was he working for the FBI? Or is there something that writer Fred Van Lente has yet to reveal itself?

The addition of more monstrous entities gives the art by Guiu Vilanova a subtle change. The odd bat like creature is a nice contrast from the tentacled beings that have appeared throughout the series so far.

There is an odd standout scene involving a birthday party that is near the end of the issue but to say more might spoil things. But, the scene plays the fish out of water aspect for amusing humor as Greene attempts to understand the ritual, to the looks of everyone around him.

Weird Detective lives up to its name and is entertainingly weird.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Weird Detective #4

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Sebastian Greene is finding it increasingly difficult to keep his true identity a secret from his partner, Sana Fayez. At the same time, he’s finally tracked down the Juice Box Killer—but can he take on the horrendous beast by himself?

Not all is at it seems as the weirdness gets amplified in Weird Detective #4. Writer Fred Van Lente brings in more Lovecraftian mythology in the process. Someone else is onto Greene’s trail and it’s someone he would never suspect, as things go from bad to worse for him.

I will admit the large transformation of the Juice Box Killer is superb and horrifying, artist Guiu Vilanova really kills that part of the comic. It helps bolster the already weird atmosphere this series had to begin with. There is a sinister side to all that as well and Vilanova manages to create more pressure between the Greene and Fayza in interesting ways through the art.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Weird Detective #3

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Det. Sebastian Greene fights for his life against an Innsmouth monster! And Det. Sana Fayez is hot on Greene’s trail, closer and closer to discovering his secret identity but hounded by fish-faced Mafiosi. Will they be able to survive long enough to stop the Juice Box Killer?

In Weird Detective #3 it would seem that even justice pays a price. In this case the price is corruption, not cash. Sana manages to find some of Sebastian’s secrets, but things get worse for her. Somehow Sebastian gets dragged down with. A this all forces a search for the Juice Box Killer, on foot. Writer Fred Van Lente manages to pack a lot into this issue moving the stroy along at a solid pace.

The end panel by artist Guiu Vilanova stresses the weird out in this strangely awesome title. The art is a nice balance between the strange Lovecraftian like creatures and crime noir. Vilanova manages to contrast them in superb fashion, as things get increasingly weird with each issue.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Weird Detective #2

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Det. Sebastian Greene is on the case to capture the Lovecraftian monster leaving the empty skins of human victims all over New York City and uncover its connection to a blasphemous crime family. At the same time, his partner, Det. Sana Fayez, tries to uncover Greene’s sanity-blasting secret, but can her mind survive learning the weird detective’s true identity?

This Lovecraftian noir gets more intriguing by the issue. It’s all getting stranger in Weird Detective #2 as one more empty body is found. This forces Greene to take some strange measure to find out the truth. This is while other agencies partner up to figure out who the murder is. The better question is, is the murder a who or a what? The writer Fred Van Lente really sets things up as you get to the ending which makes one wonder what will happen next?

Guiu Vilanova‘s artwork shines, despite the darkness of it. The small action sequence in the beginning pages is well done. It all does end sort of anti-climatically as Fayes’ attackers reveal their badges, setting up a new mystery about their ghoulish appearances. Vilanova delivers it all in a style that adds to the weird horror fun of it all.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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TNSREB_01_COVIt’s a new week and that means new reviews, previews, and more! While you await all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comic Attack – Supporting an Industry That Doesn’t Support You [Opinion] – An interesting read. Agree? Disagree?

Bells of Lost Souls – GW Licensing in Vegas! – Still hasn’t broken through into the mainstream… yet.

The Washington Post – The Pakistani American Marvel editor who is trying to make comic books more diverse – Great to see more diversity.

The Mary Sue – Marvel Avengers Academy Introduces An Openly Gay Character – Speaking of diversity. Awesome!

 

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From Now On by Malachi WardIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you await the shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Kotaku – What’s It’s Like To Be Batman In VR – Can’t wait for this!

The Hollywood Reporter – Donald Glover Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – Joins, as in discussion to join. So not really joined.

Comics Alliance – J. Michael Straczynski’s ‘Rising Stars’ Optioned for the Big Screen By MGM – Surprised this took so long to get snatched up.

Newsarama – Disney Pledges $1 Million To Orlando Victims Support Fund – Very nice of them to do.

London Graphic Novel Network – Crown on the Ground / Life During Wartime – A great read.

 

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Fred Van Lente Plunges Into Lovecraftian Mystery With Weird Detective

Dark Horse Comics has announced the reunion of Harvey-nominated writer Fred Van Lente and illustrator Guiu Vilanova on a new creator-owned comics series—Weird Detective!

Cthulhu cops, the Innsmouth Mafia, telepathic cats, and other crimes against sanity stalk the streets of New York in this pulpy stew of crime, horror, and mystery from the writer of Marvel Zombies and X-Men Noir.

The city has been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. The only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Greene is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster.

The first issue of Weird Detective contains all twenty-four pages of its three-part debut in Dark Horse Presents, plus twenty-two brand-new pages—all for the regular cover price of $3.99.

The genre-bending five-issue miniseries includes colors by Dark Horse newcomer Maurício Wallace.

Weird Detective launches on June 15.

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