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  1. Anne Anne says:

    I probably wouldn't have given this a second glance but I noticed it was written by Fred Van Lente and ever since reading his Archer Armstrong Volume 1 The Michelangelo Code he's uickly turned into one of those names I watch for now Ok so this is exactly what it says it is Dude is a weird dective The other cops blame all his oddness on being Canadian because we all know how strange those guys are but his bizarre speech and behavior are actually the result of his being a shapeshifting alien from a whole nother planet not just TorontoThe story is good and it doesn't just rely on his being from another world There's an actual mystery here Plus his partner is fully fleshed out with an interesting backstory and layered family lifeI'm hoping there may be a continuation of this someday I'd absolutely LOVE to read about the dude from Canada

  2. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    By Cthulhu’s tentacled mug there’s a lot of HP Lovecraft themed comics around these days eh? Weird Detective is yet another one but it’s one of the better books out there and is also Fred Van Lente’s best work in years Previously a crooked Noo Yawk detective on the make Sebastian Greene is now the vessel of an alien here to stop the Old Ones from wreaking havoc on Earth Greene picks up the trail after their victims start appearing around the city sucked dry of their innards like empty juice boxes The humour is what made Weird Detective stand out to me – the crime and horror is on point but also throwing in comedy? It’s unexpected and different yet the combo works particularly as the jokes are actually funny Being an alien Greene acts oddly but everyone shrugs it off with “He’s Canadian” like everyone in Fawlty Towers did with Manuel – “He’s from Barcelona” Greene also utilises senses than humans and talks telepathically with my favourite character his sassy lil bastard of a cat talking smack to his owner the whole time though as anyone who’s owned cats will tell you they are very arrogant creatures so the characterisation is spot on Guiu Vilanova’s art is decent and serviceable but nothing memorable or impressive Though I did like how Greene in researching his cover as a detective dressed throughout like famous detectives from Sherlock Holmes to Bogie as Sam Spade to Miami Vice I wasn’t totally clear on Greene’s backgroundmotivation His race created the Old Ones or something? They chose Earth to secretly invade why? His race is under some kind of threat and he’s isolated for some reason? It’s a little convoluted but didn’t really affect the overall story as that’s a fairly simple dichotomy good aliens vs evil aliens with the humans caught in between I hope Weird Detective becomes an ongoing as it’s a really fun title While Van Lente sets up some story threads here that don’t go anywhere in this book the rich and mysterious blonde bearded chap up to no good I’d be interested in seeing them play out especially as the cast are so enjoyable to read about Even if it doesn’t go any further than this though Weird Detective is still a really good and uniue read with a solid story characters and comedy wrapped up in a compelling Lovecraft flavoured police procedural

  3. Jokoloyo Jokoloyo says:

    This is one of my hidden gem findings The impressions that I got from cover arts and other brief info were dark urban fantasy mystery plots horror and conspiracies But surprisingly there are some funny moments and this comic is not as gory as I expected I don't want to spoil much I hope you enjoy the story as I did

  4. Forrest Forrest says:

    I sincerely hope that this is not the first and last of this excellent comic The premise is intriguing Detective Sebastian Greene is not Detective Sebastian Greene though he it is housed in Detective Sebastian Greene's mortal coil so to speak As the blurb says It takes a monster to catch a monster Greene's not being Greene is portrayed uite well here as he it whatever learns how to move in human society and in particular through the maze of NYPD corruption headed by mastermind J Randall Carter The story just touches the possibilities of complexity available given the setting and characters There is much here that is available to explore Still Van Lente does an outstanding job of plumbing his characters' depth tapping into their emotions fears domestic issues and hopes with a likable sense of humor throughout The running joke about Canadians is well funny if you're not a Canadian Or maybe even if you are I wouldn't know So just how Lovecraftian is it? Very much so The mythos elements are critical to the heart of the story not just because of Greene's actual identity but also because a couple of key Lovecraftian mythos entities are critical to the engine of the story They are not mere cameos or pastiches They are keys and locks and doors to the plot That said this is primarily a detective story and should be enjoyable even to those who know nothing of the mythos though Lovecraft fans will find much to enjoy here that might be hidden from those unfamiliar with the eldritch master's workI've read some fantastic comic interpretations of Lovecraft's work some very good original work loosely based on his work and some not so great but not horrid homages as well This is definitely among the best That's not to say it's perfect I'm finding in my dotage that a great story competently drawn and colored still leaves me a little flat Don't get me wrong this is a five star book but it could have been much Each section for instance is led by a monochrome plate in a strange green tone showing one of the frames from the story after it I understand that this is meant to provide some contrast with the work following but why stop there? Why not do an entire graphic novel in this beautiful monochrome? Do it in this strange green and let the artist's lines be the center of the visual narrative Dump the full color and you put the viewer in an unfamiliar visual milieu snapping the reader's mind out of their preconceived notions of what a graphic novel should be This visual alienation could be leveraged to add a strangeness to the whole that would greatly enhance the overall presentation Besides Guiu Vilanova's artwork is adeuate in and of itself in fact I think it is enhanced by the monochrome allowing it to breathe rather than to be drowned out by traditional coloring techniues Or take the amazing pinup artwork by Rafer Roberts in the back of the book and use that pulpy aged style instead of your standard line work My brain is on fire with the possibilities of what this could have been Still this doesn't take anything away from the work as it is which is a must own for fans of Lovecraftian fiction with an eye for graphic novels

  5. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    HorrorCrime True Detective style mash up in which monstrous crimes in New York are being investigated by one of the Great Race Of Yith in the guise of Peter Greene who is dressed up as a standard NYC tec So it’s part police procedural fairly straightforward and somewhat meandering on one level with a nod to not a deep dive into Lovecraftian Chthulu Old Ones outerspace mythos I really like Green’s cat I thought the art was good by Guiu Vilanova But I really actively dislike the lettering which undermines m appreciation for the visuals I see at a glance before I post that most of my Goodreads friends like it a bit than me I'll read their views and see why You know I’d rate this 3 stars but I’ll admit the humor helps to make this better entertaining deserving accolades but that lettering

  6. Chad Chad says:

    Your standard police procedural is reinvented for the Lovecraft set One of the Yith aliens from Lovecraft has taken over a police detective's body to stop the various horrors that have inhabited the Earth Many of the old ones are running the underworld of New York Ven Lente injects this fish out of water horror noir with plenty of humor to lighten things upDon't worry you don't need to know anything about Lovecraft to enjoy this book It's still a great read either way I'd love to see this turned into on ongoing seriesReceived a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned

  7. Shannon Shannon says:

    A tale of a Great Race member trying to fit in as a human while carrying out a secret mission Mythos fans will appreciate all the references Interesting artwork and a fast readLet's hope there is a seuel OVERALL GRADE B plus

  8. Malum Malum says:

    Had the potential to be even better than it already is but the plot meandered a bit too much and ran out of steam by the end They had enough story for maybe three issues and they stretched it too thin with five

  9. Tom Ewing Tom Ewing says:

    CthulhuCrime mashup in which the mean streets of NYC are pounded by one of the Great Race Of Yith If that premise sounds like your idea of fun you'll get plenty out of Weird Detective as Fred Van Lente knows how to craft a witty tight story and blends the various tropes well though they never really add up to than the sum of their parts Fans of Darwyn Cooke's take on the Martian Manhunter should dig the vibe here too Guiu Villanova provides the moody clean lined art which is suited to the cop element than the cosmic aspects

  10. Charlos Charlos says:

    Many Lovecraftian works I've come across lately have been less than cohesive so I was pleasantly surprised as I read Van Lente's go at it A good use of the mythos to propel a story of a detective who is not so much focused on solving a cases instead being an agent engaged in the fight of otherworldly monstrous creatures that attempt to veil themselves in the semblance of normalcy and often fail Good characters humor and horror are balanced effectively and the artwork is on lock with the mood of the book A solid recommend

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Weird Detective ❮Read❯ ➳ Weird Detective Author Fred Van Lente – The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time see The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all Detective Sebastian Green is one of them it takes a monster to catch a monsterNew York Time's best selling author Fred Van Lente and artist Guiu Vilanova are on the case for Weird Detective a Lovecraftian mystery tale.

  • Paperback
  • 152 pages
  • Weird Detective
  • Fred Van Lente
  • 23 January 2016
  • 9781506700380

About the Author: Fred Van Lente

Fred Van Lente is the New York Times bestselling author of comics as varied as Archer Armstrong Harvey Award nominee Best Series Taskmaster MODOK's Amazing Spider Man Conan the Avenger Weird Detective and Cowboys Aliens upon which the movie was based as well as the novels Ten Dead Comedians and The Con Artist Van Lente also specializes in entertaining readers with offbeat.