Friday, January 17, 2020

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 8: The Blackhawk and The Return Of The Scarlet Ghost" (2010)

"Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 8: The Blackhawk and The Return Of The Scarlet Ghost"

(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. 8: The Blackhawk and The Return Of The Scarlet Ghost"
Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, Guy Davis (Illustrator)
Vertigo (2010)
224 pages

All of these graphic Sandman Mystery Theatre novels have a gritty pulp vibration that drops you smack into the 1940s.  Our Sandman hero is a rather ordinary, nondescript fellow.  He's educated, but not annoyingly so.  He's brave, but not fearless.  He's kind, but not drippy.  And he's pudgy with no plans on hitting the gym.  Sandman is more-or-less your average Joe, but with a head for mysteries and a strong desire to right wrongs.  Not with muscles and speed.  The Sandman relies on the element of surprise and his steampunk-ish sleep-inducing gas gun to get to the bottom of some well-written mysteries.


The stories are also violent and bloody.  There is also a fascinating storyline throughout the entire series involving Sandman's strong and independent love interest, Dian.  The two are a puzzle unto themselves and I especially enjoy her brass.  One of the more believable characters you'll ever come across.  The artist's intentional vintage coloring gives everything an almost surreal dusting.   And it compliments the story perfectly.  This is my 3rd graphic novel from the series and I've enjoyed every one of them.

"Building A Mstery" - Sarah McLachlan / "Surfacing " (1997)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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