Dead Boy Detectives

Dead Boy Detectives #2

by Alan Rapp on February 9, 2014

in Comics

Dead Boy Detectives #2The second issue of the new series picks up with Crystal already beginning to regret her decision to attend St. Hilarions while being tortured by some of her classmates and continuing to investigate the two ghosts which led her here. And, despite her personal experiences that have taught her to remain isolated, Crystal manages to make a new friend.

Along with following Crystal’s early days in the twisted boarding school with the regular issues of trying to fit in, the second issue begins to fill in her backstory by revealing that the Dead Boy Detectives weren’t the first ghosts the young woman has seen and how a traumatic event from her past, as much as the mystery of the two boys, is driving her for answers.

Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine also are surprised to see how good Crystal is at snooping already uncovering more about their deaths in a few days than they two have found in years. Does this mean a proper team-up is in order? And just what hell will be unleashed once others discover their snooping? Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]

Dead Boy Detectives #1

by Alan Rapp on January 7, 2014

in Comics

Dead Boy Detectives #1It’s kind of like the Hardy Boys if the Hardy Boys were ghosts instead of brothers. Originally created in 1991 by writer Neil Gaiman and artists Matt Wagner and Malcolm Jones III for The Sandman, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine earn their own comic as the ghostly youngsters continue to investigate crimes rather move on to the afterlife.

Beginning with saving a troubled young girl named Crystal involved in a bizarre heist media event, the opening arc of the new series will send the Dead Boy Detectives back to St. Hilarions, the academy both children attended (although 75 years apart) and where both met their deaths, in hopes that they might save Crystal of a similar fate.

Although I found the elaborate heist/performance art involving Crystal’s parents that opens the issue a bit hard to follow, Dead Boy Detectives #1 offers up a strong first issue to reintroduce out both characters and give them an excuse to return to school that destroyed and ended each of their lives. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]