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A few years back, Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden wrote an illustrated novel entitled Joe Golem and the Drowning City.  Mignola provided some artwork that was spread throughout the text to provide a little color to the story.  The book was pretty cool, introducing a version of Manhattan ravaged by an earthquake some time prior which sent the lower portion of the island 30 feet below water.  This November, Mignola and Golden return to the Drowning City, bringing it to comics for the first time with a five-issue mini-series entitled Joe Golem: Occult Detective.  Joining them will be artist Patric Reynolds and colorist extraordinaire Dave Stewart.  Painter Dave Palumbo will be providing covers, the first of which you can see above and damn, is it gorgeous.  Nice pulp flare to it, huh?

“For years now, since we first saw Baltimore work as a comic, Chris and I have talked about doing comic book sequels and prequels to Joe Golem,” said Mike Mignola. “But, as always, we needed to find just the right artist and when I saw Patric Reynolds’ recent work on an Alien comic I knew he could pull off the world we created in the novel and capture the mood we were looking for. When you find the right artist for something you don't want to let him get away.”

Joe Golem: Occult Detective serves as a prequel to the original novel.  It's set 40 years after the earthquake and follows the title character as he hunts a horrifying creature that's been pulling children into the depths of the city's canals.  As with Baltimore, Joe Golem takes place outside of the “Mignolaverse” so he won't be running into the likes of Hellboy or Abe Sapien any time soon.  

"Joe Golem is full of pulpy goodness, weird alternate history, monsters, and magic and it's full of insanity you're not going to find anywhere else." said Golden. “We're telling the story of Joe Golem: Occult Detective, solving mysteries in the flooded streets of mid-20th century lower Manhattan with the ancient Simon Church, who's keeping himself alive with magic and machinery at the same time he's keeping Joe in the dark about his own origins. We want to immerse you in Joe's world, what life is like in the Drowning City, and with issue one, we dive right in."

Everything about this sounds great and I can't wait to check it out.  I'm sold on that cover alone, which I know is not how you're supposed to judge books, but come on.  Look at that thing!  How can you not want to read everything that it contains?

Joe Golem: Occult Detective #1 is set to debut in November 2015.



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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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