Some of our favorite books we’ve reviewed at borg.com are the pulp noir novels from Titan Books’ Hard Case Crime imprint. We’ve read the obscure-but-excellent, previously unpublished or out-of-print works from the likes of Stephen King, Gore Vidal, Ed McBain, Michael Crichton, and more, all from one publishing house. Next month Hard Case Crime is turning to the comic book medium to offer new, serialized stories that could have come straight from early 20th century magazines. And we have previews below for borg.com readers.
First up is Triggerman, Issue #1, available in comic book stores this week. It’s a Prohibition era story from producer/screenwriter/director giant Walter Hill (Deadwood, Red Heat, Aliens film series, Last Man Standing, Geronimo, Rustler’s Rhapsody, Crossroads, 48 Hrs, Brewster’s Millions, The Getaway, The Long Riders), French writer Matz, and the artist known as Jef, who supplies some evocative, classic pulp style imagery. It’s billed as a Lawless meets Bonnie & Clyde story. Fans of Road to Perdition will love this series.
Peepland, Issue #1, begins a semi-autobiographical, neo-noir tale from novelists Christa Faust (Money Shot, Nightmare on Elm Street) & Gary Phillips (The Underbelly, The Rinse). Peepland is billed as Taxi Driver meets Goodfellas, with gorgeous art from Andrea Camerini (Il Troio). Fans of Howard Chaykin’s Satellite Sam should check out this new series.
Here are preview pages and cover art, courtesy of Hard Case Crime:
Note that these are adult stories full of bad guys with guns and femme fatales, much like Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips titles from Image Comics. So keep the kids away from these series.
Several variant covers will be available, including works from Fay Dalton (Judge Dredd Magazine), Mack Chater (In the Dark), Alex Ronald (Doctor Who), Caitlin Yarsky (The Changeable Harper Finn), Andrea Camerini, Robert Hack (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Dennis Calero (Assassin’s Creed), and Francisco Paronzini (Iron Fist).
Look for the first issue of Triggerman in stores October 5, 2016, and Peepland in comic book stores everywhere October 12, 2016.