NOTE: This is a parallel review in which we have two reviewers looking at the same comic. The other review is by Xaviar Xerexes.
During the 1940s, when pulps were at their height, the concept of the hardboiled detective (usually a private eye but occasionally a police investigator) was ingrained in the public imagination. Since that time, the atmosphere, the language, and the characters have been evoked in pastiche and parody.
Will Eisnerâ€™s John Law by Gary Chaloner (whose current strips can be found here, and whose main site, with cast info and extras, is here) is one of the few modern detective comics to focus so heavily on that mode, at least in style, using the stark grays of the best film noirs. Though scripted and drawn by Gary Chaloner, the character himself was created by the late great Will Eisner.
This month, Comixpedia looked at MYSTERY WEBCOMICS!
Our final feature for November, Faith in Science: Detective Stories In A Confused World by T Campbell, is a close examination of the rules of mystery comics and a challenge to webcomics creators.
“Nemesis in Noir” is Al Schroeder’s interview with Greg Holkan of [nemesis] and Gossamer Commons.
We have TWO reviews this week:
The other is Xaviar Xerexes’ review of Will Eisner’s John Law by Gary Chaloner.
And last, but never least, is Ping Teo’s gentle poke at The Essence ofâ€¦ Whodunnit.
The game is afoot.
- â€” Sherlock Holmes
There’s just one more question I’d like to ask you.
- â€” Columbo
And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those nosy kids and their mangy dog!
- â€” innumerable Scooby-Doo villains
Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect and focus on the only thing that can’t lie: the evidence.
- â€” Gil Grissom, CSI
O photoprocessing machine, I command you to reveal to me that which is hidden!
- â€” Bee
Like most good ideas, mysteries and detective stories have many ancestors, but they didn’t really get to take a place in entertainment until the Industrial Revolution. It’s not hard to see why. The underlying message behind the traditional mysteryâ€”and the traditional detective story, its most famous subgenreâ€”is always the same. That message: our world may seem confusing, but patience, pluck, and especially reason can lay its secrets bare, punish the guilty, and reveal the monsters as aged men in latex or clockwork springs. Continue Reading
[nemesis] is the story of a very normal police detective in a world of super-powered defenders assigned to solve the murder of their world's greatest hero. Equal parts super-hero parody and noir detective story, it is quite unique on the web. Its creator, Greg Holkan, also joined Eric Burns in the fantasy webcomic Gossamer Commons and although he's letting go of the artistic reins, he retains input into the plotting. Holkan is an interesting mystery himself to unravel, and this interview gives the clues needed.
This is a REview of Femme Noir. Comixpedia first reviewed Christopher Mill's webcomic Femme Noir in October 2003.
When I read the first strip in Femme Noir's latest storyline, I half expected the characters to begin saying "jeepers" and such things. I wasn't disappointed. Fortunately though, the offenders don't last very long. Continue Reading
NOTE: This is a parallel review in which we have two reviewers looking at the same comic. The other review is by Andrew Leal.
John Law is a character, originally created by Will Eisner in the 1940s, whom he ultimately did not actually publish. Instead he repurposed the work he did for this character into stories for his more well-known comic, The Spirit. Despite some claims to the contrary, the full-fledged character of John Law only appeared in print when Eclipse Comics published a one-shot book in 1983 titled John Law, Detective #1. Continue Reading
In this month’s Essence of… Ping Teo takes aim at mysteries.
Welcome to Week Two of Comixpedia’s November 2005 Issue!
We will be spending the month looking at MYSTERY WEBCOMICS!
Our week two feature by Kelly J. Cooper is list of mystery webcomics.
Eric Burns vents a bit over mystery webcomics in this month’s Feeding Snarky.
Kristofer Straub presents Modern Humor Authority and their take on mysteriesâ€¦
And we have Al Schroeder’s interview with Richard Stevens of Peb Casey, Butterfly Detective.
Detective, suspense, parlor game, crime, noir, police proceduralâ€¦ these are all different ways to slice the mystery genre. But how to organize the Mystery WEBCOMICS? Alphabetically by title? By author? By sub-genre? Or perhaps semi-randomly, as the whim takes me? Yep. That’ll do. Continue Reading