Friday, 20 February 2015

Dark Horse announce crime caper 'The New Deal' from Jonathan Case


I like to keep an eye out for any interesting, solid crime comics, and Dark Horse have announced one that appears to fit the bill. The New Deal is Jonathan Case's latest book, set in depression era 1930's New York, which sees Case explore class misconceptions, racial tension, and deft cat burglary through the lens of a bellhop and a maid in the Waldorf Astoria hotel: 'When a charming woman named Nina checks in to the iconic hotel with a high-society entourage, young Frank, a bellhop, and Theresa, a maid, get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.'

Case is best-known for his 2011 Eisner award-winning graphic novel. Green River Killer, a comic based on the real-life murders of over 48 women in 1980's Seattle and detective Tom Jensen's increasing obsession in solving it.  Case says his  new book is inspired by his love for black and white films of the era, and is actually more comedy leaning than his previous work: 'It’s a fun opportunity because of the comedy caper and crime aspect. It’s seen through these characters that are on the outside of everything that’s happening in the social scenes. It’s a really interesting time period, set in 1935, 1936, and there’s a wealth of economic and social conflicts, and exciting things happening at that time, like women’s rights and race relations. Even though it’s a comedy and it’s played mostly for whimsical laughs, I get to explore some of those things I’m interested in.' 

It sounds fun, and I really like that striking cover; not only the colours, but that romantic noir style is very suited to the material. and time. The New Deal is due for publication on September 23rd. 

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