Saturday, 21 November 2009

DC Vertigo Crime

Growing up, I was a sucker for comic books, my firm favourites being 2000AD, Action, Starblazer (anyone remember that one?), and to be honest I've never given up reading comic books - although these days I say "They're not comics, they're graphic novels!!" For years I collected anything and everything related to Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian and all the related characters and to this day have a loft full of carboard boxes filled with...ahem...graphic novels. Lately I haven't had the opportunity to read many, uh, GN's, with the exception of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE which as you probably know was turned into a tough gangster flick starring Vigo Mortenson.

Any way, the point of this is that I only today received in the post a review copy of DC Vertigo Comics 'The BRONX KILL' written by Peter Milligan and drawn by James Romberger.

Now, the title's cool enough to catch my eye, but the interior is even better. It's 182 pages of top class crime writing and superior art work, and if I say it's as good as any crime book I've read lately I wouldn't be exaggerating. Some people are still a little sniffy about 'graphic novels' thinking them immature and for kids. Well, they couldn't be further from the truth here. The Bronx Kill reads like a classic Hitchcock tale of paranoia, deceit and lies, all the while interspersed with the kind of noir action that is the staple of many contemporary crime novels. So, I guess that you realise that I loved the book? So much so that I let the editor know, in fact.

For a few hours solid reading, that will leave you thinking for days after, why not take a look at the link above.

The Bronx Kill is only one of a number of DC Vertigo's new Vertigo Crime line of books for adult readers. I feel like I've just discovered a new treasure trove to plunder.

I loved it.


Lee Hughes said...

Being a owner of the Sin City collection, The Dare-Devil Visionaries collection, Dark Knight Returns, Dark Knight Strikes Again, Watchmen, Ultimate spider Man Collection, Planet Hulk... okay given away there more about my geek side then I should have lol. And as for Starblazer, well, gonna spend tomorrow digging out the cupboard. Have about a dozen. Earliest one is number 4. Grandad used to take us to the auctions in Rochdale when we spent our summers there as kids, and he got a box of them. Loved the way they'd do the sci-fi and then on the last page would show you a factual picture and a little bit of knowledge to go with it.

Remember Victor war comic? I'll scan it in. My Great Grandfather had a double issue telling his tale, he won the Victoria Cross for heroism. Apparently it skips a generation or three lol.

Tina said...

My brother got Victor, Warlord, 2000 AD. I read them when he was done. 2000 AD was my favourite and I learned to draw by copying Rogue Trooper's face. It got me into Art at school instead of dreaded Home Economics. I used to buy vampire comics in the local shop too. Formative experiences! (Enjoying Dead Men's Dust very much)

Paul D. Brazill said...

When I was 15 I sold my comic collection of about 2000 plus comics -including very early Avengers and lots of number ones- for a fiver. Daft or what?

Can't remember Starblazer, though.

Top post. The Dardevil noir looks great BTW.There's a link on my Faceache page.

Matt Hilton said...

I think we're all of a same mind here folks. I've hung on to my collection - some of them were worth good money until the advent of Ebay that all but destroyed the price of collectible comic books in my opinion.
Case in point HEAVY METAL 'ALIEN' was once worth £400, now when i search for it on Ebay I can get a copy for a couple quid.

Strablazer was a bit of a Freudian slip - I actually meant Starlord - but then I thought, no leave it. Starblazer was a small booklet type comic - a bit like the old 'Commando' comic books - and you could get them from train stations and such like. I used to read them all the time, and fantasise about having one of my sci-fi/fantasy stories adapted into comic book form.

I remember Victor and Warlord etc very fondly, too, but 2000AD was always my fave. Believe it or not, but Judge Dredd is a slight influence on Joe HUnter, by way of another sword wielding character I created called Andra Kendrick. Kendrick was a 'Justice', who was out cleaning up all the dross of a lawless society. Shows you; you're the sum of many influences when you dig a bit deeper.

Awesome story about your Grandad Lee, and to have his story immortalised in comic book form is amazing.