Created by Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy
Written by Josh Finney
Artwork by Patrick McEvoy
Editor: Kat Rocha
Hank Flynn, P.I. created by Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy
This graphic novel was graciously sent to me by 01Publishing. I thought this was a great classic private investigator story with the addition of an alien monster type element.
It reads like those classic 1940s P.I. films, where you have the rough-edged, hard nosed investigator telling the story as you watch. And he’s always just a little on the sarcastic side. It’s great. That’s Hank Flynn, P.I. Plus, as in all good old-time detective movies and stories, there’s a dame, of course.
I read this whole graphic novel in one sitting. It was such a fast read, a real page turner.
It actually DOES take place in the 1940s, 1946 to be exact. Hank Flynn is a private investigator hired by an uppity broad from an art gallery who is beside herself over the extended unannounced absence of her favorite artist, a man named Pickman.
Now, things haven’t been going so well for Hank recently so when this comes up, as silly as it may seem to him listening to this chick go on and on about this artistic genius that is missing, he decides to take the case. The investigation soon turns from a regular old missing persons case to a search for people, information, curses, flesh-eating ghouls and nightmares of a dead god.
The artwork is classic and black and white. The images are great and the stark contrast makes quite an impact. The frame arrangements are easy to follow and creative. The artwork would even be good in color had they chosen to go that way. But I see why they chose to go black and white. It definitely fits in with the story and the era. It makes me think of an old black and white detective film. It really is a cool concept.
The story is cleverly written and the character of Hank Flynn is one that you can really get to enjoy reading about. He’s got a unique personality. You root for him like you would root for the underdog. Plus, this story has murder, blood, monsters, ghouls, I mean, almost every horror element you can want.
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I found it very entertaining. I actually have another one from this series called Her Blood Runs Cold that I am going to read very, very soon. It’s got to be good too.
If you like detective comics, I highly recommend you pick this up.
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