Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes
Author: Matt Kindt
Info: First Second, copyright 2013, 272 pages
Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve—every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology.
But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or will Detective Gould finally meet his match?
If you like a good who-dun-it or enjoy the Encyclopedia Brown books, hunting for the answer to the mystery, then you might just like this creative, interesting, beautifully drawn graphic novel a whirl. There's also a pretty spectacular conversation on the possession of art and morality.
The Not So Awesome
It was a bit confusing at times, skipping around a bit. There were quite a few characters and storylines to keep straight, but it came together relatively cleanly in the end.
Overall, a decent read. If you're not into superheroes or "graphic" images, you might give this one a whirl. Matt Kindt's artwork is appealing, and his story is creative and unique.