November 15, 2021
Humans have demonstrated fascination with hard-boiled detective stories or have been following characters as they traverse the winding paths inside a mystery novel since the 1841 publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. The late 1800s saw detective novels skyrocketing in popularity with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes. Looking further back, the medieval Arabic tale of The Three Apples, found in the Middle Eastern folktale collection One Thousand and One Nights, serves as an early work in the crime fiction genre.
Since crime fiction essentially draws the reader into the story as an observer along with the characters’ limited POVs, the genre provides endless entertainment. Crime stories found their way into comic books later in the year 1942. Published by Lev Gleason Publications, the Crime Does Not Pay comic book series represents the inception of the first crime comic book series. Anyone involved in the comics sphere will immediately think about writer Ed Brubaker’s numerous works or the Judge Dredd comic saga. However, indie publishers and creator-owned comics offer riveting mysteries readers should be talking about.
Below are 15 of the best and most thrilling crime comics conceptualized by mind-blowing creative teams to intoxicate you.
8. Finger Guns – Justin Richards, Val Halvorson, & Rebecca Nalty
Teens with emotional-manipulation superpowers shooting out of their fingers make a plan to stop a potential murder in the touching sci-fi crime tale, Finger Guns, from Vault Comics.
A pair of troubled teens inexplicably possess powers to wield control over others’ emotions by forming a gun shape with their fingers and “shooting” people. Testing out their abilities, Wes and Sadie learn how their finger guns can manipulate emotions like anger, calmness, or bravery. When the domestic violence situation inside Sadie’s home escalates, she devises a scheme to use her powers against her father before his abuse leads to her mother’s death.
Experimental panel layouts and splash pages infused with a muted 80s colour scheme evoke soothing imagery. These choices help placate readers amidst the tense, dramatic abuse shown in the comic.
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