First came across Ed Brubaker’s (and Sean Phillip’s) work in “Sleeper“. This one is another solid piece of work where the writing goes. Good artwork too.

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ISBN: 1563896702
Ed Brubaker (writer)
Michael Lark (penciller/ inker)
Sean Phillips (inker)

Two stories in this graphic novel (the second one is very short).

WARNING: PLOT SPOILER!

Main story is set in contemporary San Francisco (I could tell from the cars parked on steep slopes). Protagonist, Jack Herriman, is a private detective hired by a woman to find her sister who’s missing. Jack finds the person. Supposed to be an open-shut case. But she’s murdered the next day. Jack decides to uncover the truth as to why she was killed. Finds his way to a commune. Finds more clues and something relating to an earlier case of arson. Case gets more complicated and there’s a hint of something else that Jack is implicated somehow (which is revealed in the end — the pieces fit together in the end). The murderer is unveiled, and turns out to be… [sorry, you gotta read it yourself; it’s good stuff]

Second story is a very short piece: Jack goes after a man who absconded from a court case. Gun fired. Bystander gets shot. That’s just the storyline. The deeper story is about Christmas and modern day miracles (I’m being deliberately cryptic).

5 out of 5.

Good stuff.

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