Monday, September 30, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python" (2008)

"Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python"

(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I post the book and go from there.)

"Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 6: The Hourman and The Python" 
Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, Guy Davis (Illustrator)
Vertigo (2018)
200 pages

This is an atypical crime noir mystery that takes place in the early 1940s.  The colors are dour and dark and really captures the seedy times of New York.  Our hero, Wesley Dodds, alias The Sandman, is a smart, fairly refined, slightly pudgy solver of murders.  He dons a gas mask when skulking about the city for clues, both as a disguise and to serve a real purpose.  Sandman has a special weapon that sprays a sleep-inducing, truth-telling gas at his intended suspects. 

No superhero razzmatazz going on here,  Wesley Dodds is just an average guy who is only a simple slip-up away from getting the shit kicked out of him.  Or worse.  It all sounds quirky and kind of lame..but it works.   Both stories, "The Hourman" and “The Python” are well-told with feints and fakeouts that keep readers on their toes while turning pages.  Plus, there is Wesley's love-interest, Dian, a progressive thinking young lady who is equally fascinating.

"Sandman" - America / "America" (1971)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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