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COMIC REVIEWS

The Lurkers (2004-05)

[4 Issues]

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#1 - #2 - #3 - #4 - TPB

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ISSUE #1
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date: October 27, 2004

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Hector Casanova
Cover: Hector Casanova
Letterer: Cindy Chapman
Editor: Chris Ryall

Format: 32 pages; Color
Cover Price: $3.99
SYNOPSIS:
Los Angeles detective Jack Dietz is having one of the worst days of his life. One body is bad enough, but when another turns up with human bite marks, he knows his world has just turned inside out…
 
DEAD KEV SAYS:

I don't know how Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) does it. The guy has to be the busiest guy in comics today. Seems like I'm seeing his name on everything. Now he's back with a second dose of Meeednight Pulp Presents. I'm really diggin' this MPP series, so I hope they keep it going. Secret Skull was very cool, and so far The Lurkers is even better.

Hector Casanova claims that this his first official comic. I hope it's not his last. I love the artwork, it's absolutely perfect for this noir mystery. The grizzled detective Dietz has seen it all, until a young child is dug up from its grave and half eaten. The groundskeeper/security guard is the only one who witnesses the act. "I have never seen a thing more terrible," he tells Dietz. There's not much evidence left behind, except for some old cloth fibers. When they're analyzed, Dietz begins to think this isn't like anything he's ever seen before. If you enjoy a good mystery, this is a good start. Time will tell just how good.

If you want some more bang for your buck, there's a four-page short story to finish of issue #1. There's something amiss in Grayville in An Uncommon Stew by Nicholas Knight. Rather, there's something seriously up with the stew that the city's wealthiest man, Randolph Brackenmire, serves annually at his charity dinner soirees. Knight's stories can be found in publications like H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror and Canada's Open Space, so he's no slouch. To my recollection, this is the first one of his I've read and you can call me impressed.




ISSUE #2
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date: November 24, 2004

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Hector Casanova
Cover: Hector Casanova
Letterers: Robbie Robbins & Tom B. Long
Editor: Chris Ryall

Format: 32 pages; Color
Cover Price: $3.99
SYNOPSIS:
Someone’s got a bad habit of chewing on dead bodies, and L.A. Detective Jack Dietz wants to find out who it is. He’d also like to survive the night, and he’d like his marriage to survive his job. He’s about to learn that we don’t always get what we want.
 
DEAD KEV SAYS:
The mystery deepens as it appears the suspect in the grave desecration is also into murdering and stealing live children from their home. As Dietz settles in for the night, he ends up confronting a creature that isn't quite alive anymore. Is he here to help detective Dietz? We'll just have to find out next issue.

If you weren't sucked in during the first issue, you should be now. It's Niles at his finest. Casanova's cover to #2 is the best of the four, and damn near something I could put on my wall. And not knocking Casanova's work, but I find that the "ghoul" bares some resemblance to Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Cousins perhaps? Naaah.

There's another short story by Nicholas Knight in this one. It's called Swarm and it's also first-rate writing. Eli Lacrois' friend Wayne dies a violent, unexplained death shortly after ending a cell phone call with a scream of agony. It's up to Eli to take care of Wayne's now orphaned "dog", which looks like a cross between a pitbull and a hyena. What does the cryptic note 'Let him out at night' mean? Another good story, but the ending to this one wasn't quite as...conclusive as I would have liked. Still a good read, though.


ISSUE #3
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date: December 29, 2004

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Hector Casanova
Cover: Hector Casanova
Letterer: Cindy Chapman
Editor: Chris Ryall

Format: 32 pages; Color
Cover Price: $3.99
SYNOPSIS:
L.A. Detective Jack Dietz thought he’d seen it all, before he discovered that a killer he was tracking liked to chew the bodies of his victims. Now Jack must try to end these gruesome murders even as he seeks to keep himself and his shaky marriage alive at the same time.
 
DEAD KEV SAYS:

TBA


ISSUE #4
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date: February 9, 2005

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Hector Casanova
Cover: Hector Casanova
Letterer: Cindy Chapman
Editor: Chris Ryall

Format: 32 pages; Color
Cover Price: $3.99
SYNOPSIS:
L.A. Detective Jack Dietz thought his day was going badly before. He’s seen bodies that have been partially eaten and a mob of ghouls roaming his town. On top of all of that, his wife and son have become ever-more estranged. As Jack gets closer to solving this case, he realizes that things are going to get much worse before they get better... if they ever will.
 
DEAD KEV SAYS:

TBA


TRADE PAPERBACK
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date: June 2005

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Hector Casanova
Cover: Hector Casanova
Letterer: Cindy Chapman
Editor: Chris Ryall

Format: 104 pages; Softcover; Color
Cover Price: $17.99

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SYNOPSIS:
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DEAD KEV SAYS:

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