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Josh Finney and Kat Rocha first came to my attention with their Youtube Channel, J. Ishiro Finney. In this channel, they review comics and films, and do it with style and panache. When I found out that they had created two Graphic Novels, I was interested. HER BLOOD RUNS COLD is CLASSIC, HARD-BOILED Noir storytelling, with well done Lovecraftian Horror Elements woven skillfully within the story. Patrick McEvoy's art jumps off the page, the stark detail, and the wise choice to keep it black and white brings out every detail(especially with Hank resembling Robert Mitchum, and Derby resembling Kirk Douglas; Nice touch, Patrick!). Not too wordy, and each panel is expertly edited by Kat Rocha, giving this dark tale a perfect pace. My favorite book of this year. After I write this review, I will be reading NIGHTMARE ON THE CANVAS, as it just arrived this afternoon. If films like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, A Touch of Evil, and L.A. Confidential tickle your fancy, this book is for you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
While this book will no doubt be a favorite for many readers, for those who enjoy Lovecraftian noir tales, this book is perfection. The story is very good, with plenty of unique characters and subsequent character development during the arc of the story, and the measured pacing of Mr. Finney's plot development component is terrific. Then there is the illustration...the many, many styles, textures, and sublime illustration Mr, McEvoy packs into the story with flawless pen & ink is, well, it is just pure delight. I have become a kindle user over the last 8 years - but after reading Casefile Arkham: Nightmare on the Canvas, I had to own both as print volumes for my shelf.
This really is a great read ! Finney's world building and setting the atmosphere for the story is first rate. The elements of super-natural mixed with classic detective noir merge perfectly. The monochrome artwork really clicks with the story. I enjoyed the characters he creates and the use of language and dialog, including slang of the era.
I really couldn't put it down, very satisfying read. Hope to see more of his work and this series !
Cleverly mixing Lovecraftian elements with noir works very naturally,maintaining a good balance between the two. Hank and Glynda are both likable characters whom actually develop more here. While this does work as a standalone volume, I recommend reading the first book for the sake of entertainment as well. Hoping for a sequel, for sure.
Loved the first book, and this does not disappoint! Even if you know Lovecraft forward and back, this crosses so many stories in the world itself and adds it's own twist. The art is amazing! I hope a third in the series comes out soon.
This books once again combines the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler this time from the prospective of there relationship with there wives, read this if you are looking for something different in your cthulhu stories or vice versa detective stories
Great follow up to the first volume Nightmare On The Canvas. Great balance of Chandler and Lovecraft, but with the writer keeping his own voice. Beautiful black and white art. Highly recommend if you like noir and/or horror.