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- Editor: DC Comics; Edición: 01 (8 de julio de 2014)
- Colección: Dead Boy Detectives
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1401248896
- ISBN-13: 978-1401248895
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Dead Boy Detectives Volume 1: Schoolboy Terrors TP (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 jul 2014
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- In these stories from issues #1-6, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries of their own demise while trying to protect tech-savvy sleuth Crystal from a similar fate. Also includes the short stories "Run Ragged" from Witching Hour #1, Ghosts #1, and Time Warp #1.
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Toby Litt is best-known for writing his books - from Adventures in Capitalism to (so far) King Death - in alphabetical order; he is currently working on M. His story 'John & John' won the semi-widely-known Manchester Fiction Prize, and his story 'Call it "The Bug" Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title" was shortlisted for the notoriously lucrative Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Currently, Litt is writing Dead Boy Detectives for the Vertigo imprint of DC Entertainment.
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The characters and the stories are geared towards the YA market, but then the occasional nudity and gore and decidedly ~adult~ content likely contributed to this series' low sales and fast cancellation. This short-lived series -- about two dead 12-year-old boys who solve supernatural mysteries with a young girl named Crystal and two halves of a, erm, philosopher ghost-cat -- ends up feeling as scatterbrained as the setup sounds.
Fans of Mark Buckingham's work in the Fables series won't be disappointed with his work here: It's on par with his best. (Although why the ghost of a cruel, white schoolmaster is drawn as a racist Fu Manchu caricature, I'll never know....) This is partially his pet project, and he shares story / writing duties with Toby Litt -- an English (i.e., literary) academic and newcomer to comics. Unfortunately, I haven't had as good an impression of Buckingham's writing chops as I've his artwork, and Litt's contributions don't enhance anything. It has a lot in common with Buckingham's work in Fairest, in that it tends to sacrifice a coherent plot in favor of unfunny, stupid, and ignorant jokes.
The stories across all 12 issues of the Dead Boy Detectives are rich in ideas, but too many ideas. Transitions between lines of dialogue, between pages, between groups of panels -- they consistently lack coherence. Universe rules are explained (4 issues late...) for new readers, and then broken numerous times throughout the series without any acknowledgment. And God, the coincidences and convenient plot devices -- every plot thread is born and bred on impossible coincidences, worst seen in the 5-issue 'Ghost Snow' story arc.
The powerful Sandman lore sometimes breaks through. We run into really neat mysteries, like the two young ghosts who have spent 130 years trapped by a shattered mirror that provided a gateway to H. Rider Haggard's racist Africa. And then random things happen, which is about the crux of this series' problems. Things just happen for no reason and then it's over.
I had never read the works of Toby Litt, and was mostly interested in the book because of the reference to Neil Gaiman. Disclaimer and explanation: I received a digital copy of the book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. This digital copy on my e-ink ereader was in black-and-white (or more accurately, black-and-gray) which made it more difficult to read and probably less entertaining than if I'd read it in color (knowledge thanks to a brief color section provided on Amazon).
Overall, I thought it was an interesting book that drew me in, but confusing beyond belief. I'd recommend it to fans of graphic novels and people who have some clue what the back story is! Also, if you're going for the digital version, plan to read it on a larger size color tablet!
The story is just a mess -- incoherent and confusing. Bizarre, inexplicable things happen randomly throughout. Just when you think you're about to be engaged, something weird happens and you're back to scratching your head, wondering what's happening. Example:
SPOILERS (Uh, I think -- it's so hard to be sure because the story makes little sense):
The Dead Boy Detectives are being pursued by three ghost "bullies", having exhorted their human companion to run and save herself. During pursuit, the narration by one of the Detectives reads, "We entered the mirror... and came out in the bathroom." Beg pardon? What mirror? The other Detective says, "Time to skate!" (I'm assuming "skate" must be slang for "leave this area quickly") and suddenly the three protagonists and their pursuers are standing on opposite sides of a sort of giant orange column which seems to taper toward the bottom. Why is the human with them? How did she get through "the mirror"? Are we in The Land of Ghosts or something, and how can the human character even see it? Dialogue indicates that this orange column is a passageway to the literal hell, though as with every other story element, no explanation is given for its sudden appearance, its design, or its peculiar presence behind an unseen mirror in a school attic. The bullies are inexplicably sucked to their doom down the inexplicable giant orange funnel while the protagonists inexplicably aren't.
That, I believe, was intended to be the tale's climax..
At this point, I had fought my through four and a half of the six issues in this collection, and that was all I could manage.