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The Dead Boy Detectives

The Dead Boy Detectives
By Jill Thompson (writer/artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $9.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, digest-size
ISBN 1401203132

Synopsis from publisher:
Neil Gaiman’s inimitable sleuths from THE SANDMAN: SEASON OF MISTS star in their own Manga Digest.

THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, guest-starring Death of the Endless, is brought to life by award-winning artist Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN: BRIEF LIVES, Scary Godmother). Based on the overwhelming success of her first Manga Digest, DEATH: AT DEATH’S DOOR, Thompson has crafted an amazing original mystery that will appeal to both SANDMAN fans and shojou Manga enthusiasts.

Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, the dead British teenagers who are always on the run from Death, travel stateside to solve a missing persons case. Our intrepid heroes have been contacted by young Annika Abernathy, a student at a posh International Academy in Chicago. It seems that Annika’s best friend has vanished. For Rowland and Paine to investigate the case properly, they decide to enroll as students at the school. And since it’s an all-girls academy, the duo is forced to go undercover — in drag.

Secret passages, food fights, and far too many fashionistas abound as the Dead Boy Detectives solve the case and learn a lot about life from the precocious daughters of international ambassadors and famous rock stars.

As a bonus, this digest also features a free 8-page excerpt from DEATH: AT DEATH’S DOOR.

Notes:
This is an original graphic novel/manga written and illustrated by Jill Thompson.

Reprints: N/A

Bonus material:

  1. Excerpt of Death: At Death’s Door by Jill Thompson

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives
By Ed Brubaker (writer/artist), Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2008

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401218555

Synopsis from publisher:
Collected for the first time, this tale stars Edwin and Charles from THE SANDMAN: SEASON OF MISTS. Their first case involves a string of grisly murders — and the immortal Hob Gadling. Written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America, SLEEPER).

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives. All reprinted material was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha. The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #1 (2001)
  2. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #2 (2001)
  3. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #3 (2001)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #4 (2001)