Brian Michael Bendis is the Eisner Award-winning creator behind many of today’s biggest titles for Marvel Comics. From Secret Invasion to the Avengers, Bendis has had his hand in just about every major Marvel event of the past decade. Before his turn with Marvel, though, he was known for his crime fiction graphic novels, as published by Image Comics. They weer dark, violent, totally compelling, and they all had that signature Bendis dialogue and flow. Here we present the four of them — Torso, Jinx, Goldfish and Jinx — each one reprinted as a Definitive Edition with tons of extras and bonus material.
Cleveland: 1935. Eliot Ness, fresh from his legendary Chicago triumph over Al Capone and associates, set his sights on Cleveland and went on a crusade that matched, and sometimes even surpassed, his past accomplishments. Dismembered body parts have started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie Sound. Their headless torsos have left no clues to their identity or the reason for death. Elliot Ness and his colorful gang of "The Unknowns" chased this killer through the underbelly of Cleveland for years. As far as the public was concerned he was never captured. But what really happened is even more shocking.
This award-winning collection includes a historic photo essay of the actual murders. Torso was nominated for an International Horror Guild award for best graphic story and for 3 International Eagle Awards.
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Last week I read Witch Doctor, Vol. 1: Under the Knife, which was closer to traditional super heroes than I normally read. Actually, it was more of a supernatural slightly humorous noir story than anything else. But, because it was more mainstream I felt like reading some more superheroes this week. This lead me to Chase, written by Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III, illustrated by J.H. Williams III and more, published by DC.
Chase is the story of Cameron Chase, an investigator for the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations). It’s the D.E.O.’s job to catalog existing superheroes and ‘assist’ emergent metahumans before their powers get out of control. In this collection, among other adventures, Chase encounters a boy whose pyrokinetic abilities are just starting to manifest and has to go on an assignment to determine Batman’s real identity.
I picked Chase because of a couple of reasons: (1) J.H. Williams III, and (2) its’ cult status. Between his work on Promethea with Moore, Seven Soldiers of Victory with Morrison, and his current Batwoman series J.H. Williams III is one of the great artists of this generation. I rarely pass up a chance to see great art! Chase was published just before Promethea so this was a great opportunity to see how Williams art has developed over the years. Also, I believe this is one of his first attempts at writing a series so I was very curious to see how this compares to his current writing.
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