Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: Black Beetle: No Way Out #1

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Pulpy Noir Detective stuff! I…don’t get it.

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Black Beetle #1
Writing/Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: January 16th, 2013
Price: $3.99

Maybe I don’t have two legs to stand on trying to be a critic to an Eisner Award Winner on the first issue of his new series. Maybe, I should give it a couple of issues before I lay my final observation (which I will). I’ve never incredibly been into pulp noir detective comics. It’s not my style, my thing, so I won’t be overly critical of this one as I try to give it a honest shot.

I really can’t complain too much, the story actually hooked me, the artwork was gritty and well, pulpy. I don’t know the history of The Black Beetle, (a Google search might have saved me the shame of admitting that) but the character is intriguing. I have to give a gentlemans nod to Francesco Francavilla, not many people can pull double duties when it comes to comic books, and if issues two and three can be as interesting as this first issue was, I may just stick around to see how it all turns out.

Without spoiling too much, The Black Beetle is out to bring in two big Italian crime bosses, think, The Godfather movie if you need a frame of reference. Well, there is a secret meeting and Black Beetle is ready to take them downtown, except, the meeting blows up. So, Black Beetle is trying to figure out who is behind all this. Even if you’re like me, and detective noir isn’t your thing, remember what your parents always told you. Try something new, you never know if you’re going to like it. Which is a heck of a lot nicer than when I tell my kids to just try it, or they’re going to bed. Don’t make me get to that point with you.


Get it for yourself: Dark Horse Digital

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