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February 25, 2011

Retro-Read #47 Scene of the Crime

Filed under: Retro-Read — Doorman @ 8:25 am

With years spent reading single issues here and there, juggling storylines of dozens of titles, I decided it was time to find a better way to read comics. So, it was off to the back issue bins armed with the longest want list you’ve ever seen! Putting together series after series and reading them in their complete goodness, I was reborn as the Retro-Reader!

Publisher: Epic Comics
Number of Issues: 4
First Issue: May 1999 ($2.50)
Last Issue: August 1999 ($2.50)
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Michael Lark

*Warning! Plot Spoilers Below*

Jack Herriman is a private eye who’s seen better days. He’s moved his practice in with his Uncle Knut (a much-lauded crime photographer) and is trying to get back on his feet again. When an old friend of his father’s turns him on to a missing-persons case, it opens the door to a panoply of unresolved crimes including murder, drugs and child abuse. Jack’s determined urge to uncover the truth and the motivation behind it pushes him to risk his very life to solve this case.

The Bad: This story shows you how sick and twisted some people can become.

The Good: It’s a page-turner with plenty of twists.

The Verdict: Brubaker’s created some well-crafted pulp fiction complete with a “damaged” hero. He utilizes the comic format perfectly by ending on a cliffhanging, game-changing last page in every issue (except for the last, naturally). Lark’s style and the cover designs (along with the great logo) complement the pulp style, perfectly. If you’re into seedy detective stories, I’m sure you’ll enjoying going along for this twisty, turny ride.

On Ebay: Scene of the Crime | Ed Brubaker | Michael Lark
On AtomicAvenue: Video Jack

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