No buy it now link for this one, as it’s just now available for pre-order in the direct comic market. Harpe: America’s First Serial Killers is quite possibly one of the most mature, sophisticated, and down-right beautiful debuts of a graphic novelist I’ve ever been privy to.
First, about Chad. I met Chad at Comic-Con a few years ago when some of my buddies brought him around to talk about his proposal for a graphic novel. When I heard the concept I fell in love. When I got to spend time talking with Chad about the project, breaking into comics, and what to do next, I knew that I’d just met an exciting new talent who was going to rock the shit out of this industry.
The book, in case the title didn’t clue you in, is about a couple of brothers in the early 19th century who went on a killing spree through the South. They’re like Bonnie and Clyde is just barely post-revolutionary war times. It’s a delicate mix of history and horror with the feel of good Western Noir, that’s engaging and beautifully executed by Chad and artist Adam Shaw.
The thing about Chad, much like the aforementioned Joshua Dysart, is that he does something I just can’t do. He takes history and makes it flesh. The book is thoroughly researched, pain-stakingly replicating the events, locales, and characters of this most definitely untold story in a way that defies it’s period setting and gory subject matter. He creates a portrait of some sick individuals that you still manage to have feelings for. Considering the atrocities these guys committed, that’s an amazing feat. They’re not just monsters, they’re human, and very, very real.
Do yourself a favor and head to your local retailer, and have them order this book. Tell them it’s available using Diamond Order Number SEP090728. You’ll be glad you did.
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