Dead Boy Detectives Vol. 1: Schoolboy Terrors

Dead Boy Detectives Vol. 1: Schoolboy Terrors

by Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham
     
 

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From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman's intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School; the place where they both were murdered.

While trying to protect their new acquaintance, techno-savvy sleuth Crystal, from suffering the same fate at the hands of familiar bullies, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries

Overview

From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman's intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School; the place where they both were murdered.

While trying to protect their new acquaintance, techno-savvy sleuth Crystal, from suffering the same fate at the hands of familiar bullies, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding their own untimely demise.

Collects DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #1-6.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
The Dead Boy Detectives Edwin and Charles, the ghosts of two abused boys who pal around together and solve crimes, were created by Neil Gaiman in The Sandman as a morbid commentary on boarding schools. This series adds Crystal Palace, the daughter of two spoiled, neglectful performance-artist celebrities, who’s attending Edwin and Charles’s school, which is now co-ed. Conveniently, she happens to see the boys, who help her fight the threat of demonic possession and rescue spirits trapped in a mirror. While Crystal—a hacker and a cosplayer—is a great character, the boys aren’t given as much attention as one would like, playing second fiddle to both Crystal and the ghost of an evil schoolmaster who has a pack of violent dogs. Edwin was killed a century ago and Charles 20 years back, but you couldn’t tell it by the way they act here. The somewhat ordinary stories by Litt (a novelist known for such works as Corpsing) aren’t up to the accomplished level of the Buckingham’s art, which has expressive characters and detailed settings. The art makes the struggle through an experimental novelist’s first comic series worthwhile. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401248895
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,146,385
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Toby Litt is best-known for writing his books – from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far) King Death – in alphabetical order; he is currently working on M. His story ‘John & John’ won the semi-widely-known Manchester Fiction Prize, and his story ‘Call it “The Bug” Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title” was shortlisted for the notoriously lucrative Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.  Currently, Litt is writing Dead Boy Detectives for the Vertigo imprint of DC Entertainment.

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