Drowntown: Book One

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The first part of an awesome new graphic novel by two of the field’s very brightest talents

Just had a romantic Waterloo sunset spoiled by the sight of a corpse being dredged from the Thames? Welcome to Drowntown . . .

The name's Noiret, Leo Noiret. I'm a Minder, which means people hire me to protect them, figuring that my beer belly and monumental streak of bad luck are big enough to intercept any blades, ...

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Overview

The first part of an awesome new graphic novel by two of the field’s very brightest talents

Just had a romantic Waterloo sunset spoiled by the sight of a corpse being dredged from the Thames? Welcome to Drowntown . . .

The name's Noiret, Leo Noiret. I'm a Minder, which means people hire me to protect them, figuring that my beer belly and monumental streak of bad luck are big enough to intercept any blades, bullets or bad feelings heading their way.

Staying alive isn't easy, though, when everyone who’s anyone in Drowntown wants your new client dead in the water. I’m going to need a bigger belly . . .

The world has changed forever, ravaged by climatic upheaval. The flooded metropolis of London has adapted to the rising sea levels, remaining a center for international commerce and a magnet for environmental refugees. The elite gaze out over the ever-expanding Thames from their ivory towers, while the denizens of submerged pubs peer into the sunken streets like specimens in an aquarium. Hired by notorious underworld figure Alexandra Bastet, Leo Noiret uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that stretches from the depths of Drowntown to the highest echelons of power and influence. Struggling aqua-courier Gina Cassel learns that young love can be a dangerous game when she becomes romantically involved with the heir to the Drakenberg Corporation, which aims to control both the environment and the future of human evolution. There’s a storm brewing in Drowntown, with Gina and Noiret at its heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/18/2015
Leo Noiret is a detective who's down on his luck, trying to make ends meet in a grim future London feeling the full effects of climate change. The city has become a swamp, its streets overwhelmed by an overflowing and toxic Thames, with the rich safe above while the poor struggle to keep their heads literally and figuratively above water. Noiret is hired by the shadowy Alexandra Bastet, who has played a key role in turning Africa into a rising world power. Bastet's secret is she has no idea who she is: 17 years before the events of this story, she woke up without a memory. Noiret's inquiries into her past lead to a host of troubles. The story's familiar mystery format is made exceptional by Murray's gorgeous pictures, full of incredible colors and elegant renderings of a submerged London. Funny, dark, and original, this is an entertaining story filled with eye-catching art. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
   • "Flooded civilisations have long been a staple of post-apocalyptic fiction... Few have executed their dystopian vision with quite as much panache as Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray do here." —Stephen Jewell, SFX 

   • '"Jim Murray's gorgeous art is reminiscent in style of a toned-down Simon Bisley, and his attention to detail really brings this grimy, waterlogged world to life." —Henry Northmore, The List

From the Publisher
   • "Flooded civilisations have long been a staple of post-apocalyptic fiction... Few have executed their dystopian vision with quite as much panache as Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray do here." --Stephen Jewell, SFX 

   • '"Jim Murray's gorgeous art is reminiscent in style of a toned-down Simon Bisley, and his attention to detail really brings this grimy, waterlogged world to life." --Henry Northmore, The List

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780224085878
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,030,740
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Robbie Morrison is best known for the Eagle award-winning Nikolai Dante graphic novels, serialized in 2000AD from 1997-2012. A regular writer of Judge Dredd, he has also scripted Batman and Spider-Man. Jim Murray’s brilliant and distinctive artwork ranges from Judge Dredd and Batman comics to character designs for Virgin Studios, set designs for live shows of the rock band The Prodigy, and fantasy playing cards for Wizards of the Coast. He is currently character designer for Valve Studios in Seattle.
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