The Continentals: New Webcomic from Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2009 - 08:32
Crisscrossing the literary genres of murder/mystery, action/adventure, historical drama, horror, science fiction, and steam punk, The Continentals by writer/creator Darryl Hughes and artist Monique MacNaughton, creators of the 2007 Glyph Comic Award nominated scifi adventure webcomic G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures, is a modern re-imagining of the classic 19th century Sherlock Holmesian "who done it" murder mystery created for the 21st century webcomic fan.
Armed with stunning visuals that fully illustrate the despair of the lower class Eastend society, the splendor of high class Westend society, and the darkest hollows and swells that stretch like a gaping abyss from the back alleys to the ballrooms separating the two, The Continentals is a dark twice told tale of murder, intrigue, adventure, and revenge that mines the darkest recesses of the human psyche and turns the light on the core and essence of our psychological being--Identity.
"With my second project with Monique I wanted to get back to my love of old fashioned pulp fiction and detective stories", said writer/creator Darryl Hughes about the new project. "So to be able to mix that love with my love of Sherlock Holmes and the iconic 60's TV show "The Avengers" is my idea of fun."
And it's the Sherlock Holmes influence that is most strikingly apparent in The Continentals' Victorian setting and plotline. It's 1889. Barely a year after the mysterious Jack the Rippers murderous rampage and equally mysterious disappearance the city of Mansfordshire, England is shaken by a series of brutal "mangling" murders that plunge the city into an abyss of fear. Investigating the case, Continental Operatives Jeffrey Tiffen Smythe and his partner the gender bending adventuress lady Fiona Fiziwigg uncover the threads that bind the murderer, his victims, the highest echelons of society, it's lowest dregs, and even the police officers investigating the case in a tangled web of mystery, adventure, intrigue, and murder that is like Sherlock Holmes, mixed with equal parts of the 60's tv show "The Avengers", with a dash of James Bond for flavor.