Cosmic Detective

Image Comics. Sept. 2023. 208p. ISBN 9781534399457. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
Cowriters Kindt (Spy Superb) and Lemire (Little Monsters, Vol. 2) team with illustrator Rubín (The World of Black Hammer, Omnibus 1) for this twisty sci-fi/noir mashup that kicks off with the discovery of a godlike being’s corpse in a fleabag motel and only gets stranger from there. How is it possible to murder an immortal? Why would anyone want to do such a thing? These questions and others plague the protagonist, an unnamed detective whose pursuit of justice leads him to discover a connection to his own past and a secret that threatens to unravel the fabric of reality. Kindt and Lemire’s propulsive plotting pushes their protagonist into encounters with a colorful cast of characters in a variety of settings, from dingy parking garages to eerily austere medical facilities to interdimensional libraries overseen by floating imps. Rubín renders each scene with incredible dynamism and a sense of scale that becomes more pronounced as the story builds to its cosmic climax, resulting in almost unbearable suspense and a true sense of wonder at the nature of this remarkably imagined universe.
VERDICT An outstandingly inventive and thrilling cosmic noir.
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