Fire and murder blaze across the deserts of Southern California in Blacking Out, coming soon from Dark Horse Books. Originally funded on Kickstarter, this noir crime adventure will be published for the first time as a hardcover graphic novel. From the minds of comics industry veteran and writer Chip Mosher (Left On Mission) and legendary artist Peter Krause (The Power of Shazam!, Irredeemable), with colors by Giulia Brusco (Scalped, Django Unchained), letters by Ed Dukeshire (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and logo by Tom Muller (Mazebook) comes this new dark thriller.
A disgraced ex-cop, Conrad, seeks redemption by unraveling an unsolved murder during Southern California’s fire season. Conrad follows a lone clue—a discarded crucifix—to unravel the death of Karen Littleton, whose body was found amid a blaze that scorched 10,000 acres. The search leads him to clash with the victim’s father and prime suspect, Robert Littleton, as well as hostile former colleagues on the local police force. All the while, Conrad combats his consuming alcoholism and fading faculties.
Will his “questionable” methods net him a murderer, or will the grizzled detective be brought to his knees by heartbreak and addiction? Find out in this all-new edition of Blacking Out, a scorching crime noir comic set in a small town in the dry California desert.
The Blacking Out hardcover will be available in bookstores April 23, 2024 and in comic shops April 24, 2024. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at your local comic shop and bookstore and will retail for $19.99.
Praise for Blacking out:
“A compelling story that moves like a rocket and artwork that’s stunning. When is award season again?” – Mark Waid
“A tasty comics noir for your lockdown reading. A fast-paced page turner that really delivers.”—Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer, Kent State
“Start with the inky atmospheric drawings. Take the narrative familiars: bad cop seeking redemption, small town with big secrets, people wanting what they can’t have. Toss them in the spin cycle.”—Betsy Willeford
“… a lovely fire-scorched brick to the head, in the Sweaty Noir tradition of Hell or High Water and Dragged Across Concrete… no one does this kind of hardscrabble tale better.”—Bill Willingham, Fables
“…a hard drinking, hard boiled mystery with a finale that lands like a ton of bricks—do not miss it.”—Gerry Duggan, Dead Eyes, Deadpool
“A rural crime tale with more twists and turns than a backcountry road.”—Ed Brisson, Sheltered, Old Man Logan
Unravel a Burning Unsolved Mystery in “BLACKING OUT,” Coming Soon from Dark Horse
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