An uneasiness festers upon the city streets, threatening the peace and safety of law abiding citizens. A war is escalating, and it seems as though the good and righteous are being crushed beneath the unholy weight of evil s onslaught. Organized crime is spreading in an unchecked reign of terror.Read more...
An uneasiness festers upon the city streets, threatening the peace and safety of law abiding citizens. A war is escalating, and it seems as though the good and righteous are being crushed beneath the unholy weight of evil s onslaught. Organized crime is spreading in an unchecked reign of terror.
Until a mysterious agent of retribution rises up from the shadows to challenge the villains. A lone figure, clad in a slouch hat and clothes seemingly stitched from the blackest shadows, masked in the guise of a skull-faced death a Grim Death emerges with guns blazing. With him, a wronged ex-con clad in the striped costume of his misfortune Bill the Electrocuted Criminal.
In this beautifully illustrated 1930s Pulp-style novel, two dark new characters by New York Times bestselling author and comic book writer Tom Sniegoski and New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator of Hellboy Mike Mignola who also worked on the Hellboy movies with Guillermo del Toro, take to the street to fight the growing infection of organized crime. Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal are not your average heroes, but they want justice."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
In this eerie illustrated horror novel set in an unspecified American city during the early days of the Great Depression, author Sniegoski and author and artist Mignola combine words and black-and-white illustrations to creepy effect in the tale of a man who has been given a new life, with a twist. His real name is Bentley Hawthorne, heir to a munitions magnate, but when he puts on the skull mask and goes to work, he is the Grim Death. His task is to avenge those whove died untimely, and his orders come to him in the form of ghosts who need retribution. Bentley battles injustice with the aid of his trusty servant, Pym, and a pair of .45-caliber pistols from his fathers factory. Mignola and Sniegoski have created a comic bookstyle character who rights wrongs in a sinister, hair-raisingly enjoyable way, with an open ending that leaves room for more episodes. The illustrations are bland and generic, but the straightforward writing style will appeal to teen readers. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary. (Mar.)