Dead Boy Detectives #1

Dead Boy Detectives #1

Writer: Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham Artist: Mark Buckingham, Gary Erskine Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 1, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman's dead boys get their own monthly series! As fans of storybook detectives, Edwin Paine (died 1916) and Charles Rowland (died 1990) will take on any and all mysteries - including their own untimely deaths! The dead boys head back to St. Hilarions, where bullying headmasters continue to rule the school. But when they investigate the lingering mysteries of their own deaths, they meet a young girl named Crystal whose tech skills and strange link to the undead earn her a place as a new detective. DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is a fast-paced adventure series that takes us from the bustling streets of contemporary London to Japanese-inspired video games and dangerous worlds perched somewhere between the now and nevermore.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 31, 2013

    How many times have you wished you were able to catch the first issue of a new great series? DEAD BOY DETECTIVES takes the characters created by Neil Gaiman and brings them back in their own series. Comics published by Vertigo tend to have a certain high level in terms of quality and this one continues the tradition. Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham do a great job setting up the story and introducing the characters to new readers. Buckingham and Lee Loughridge's art and colors will blow you away. Don't miss out on this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 2, 2014

    The Vertigo line has experienced a renaissance of late, with new and diverse content from a variety of creators. Of course, its always a delight to see the return of old favorites, especially a world as rich as that roamed by the Endless. Litt and Buckingham have proved themselves worthy of playing in this sandbox, crafting a tale that is both fresh and reverent. The new year as only just rung, but believe me when I say “Dead Boy Detectives” is a serious a contender for best new series of 2014. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Dec 31, 2013

    A strong start to what looks to be a light-hearted, whimsical series tailor made for those fans looking for the fun in comics today, Dead Boy Detectives #1 is a must read for this last week of the year. 2013 wouldnt have been complete without it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Jan 2, 2014

    An enjoyable fun read, “Dead Boy Detectives” #1 is a great introduction for newcomers to the teen sleuths. With a new cast member to keep things interesting, I can't wait to see what happens between Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Jan 7, 2014

    I picked this up on a whim but it is now added to my pull-list and I would recommend any fans of The Sandman and the Books of Magic and less action and more content-oriented stories to definitely give this a shot! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 5, 2014

    It's a strong first issue from writer Toby Litt, and it's always a delight to see Mark Buckingham's artwork (here with Gary Erskine's inks) - here's hoping for more of the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 5, 2014

    If you're not familiar with these characters that's ok, the creative team on this book does a great job through both the writing and the art to give you everything you need to enjoy this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jan 6, 2014

    Not even a year ago, I was worried that we may see the end of Vertigo Comics, an imprint that has given us so much brilliant content over the years. But now with the strength of recent on-goings and now the stellar debut of Dead Boy Detectives, we may yet see Vertigo Comics best years ahead. Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham have taken all the best parts of previous incarnations of the Dead Boy Detectives and filtered them through a quirky, highly entertaining lens and have delivered a slam bang first issue that recaptures the inventive nature of early Vertigo efforts while making is wholly accessible to new converts and die hard Vertigo freaks alike. Plus, its nice to see a book that fully embraces the darker tone of the imprint with a cheeky sense of fun and reverence to what came before it. In short, if you are a Vertigo fan, this is a book expressly for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 6, 2014

    A much, much better case for the ongoing existence of the Dead Boy Detectives than any of their recent appearances elsewhere. Litt leaves plenty of room to take the series in both serious and purely entertaining directions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ali Marie Feb 11, 2014

    Thus far The Dead Boy Detectives is never without mystery and always leaves you asking Who, What, Where, Why and How. I rate this comic 4.0/5 and recommend it to those who love a good mystery combined with clever humour. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 3, 2014

    Overall Dead Boy Detectives is a great start to a new series. It has a lot of charm and does a pretty good job at introducing the story. But that's all it does. Not much else happens as this is all setup. Fans of these characters from back when Sandman first printed will enjoy this but I think more needs to be done to bring in the uninitiated to Sandman lore. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 5, 2014

    The issue was a good first issue, but not excellent. Overall, my gut says that after a few issues, the series will be, and that it's just a slow start. Maybe folks who are more familiar with the characters will enjoy it more, but for me, it was only ok. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jan 6, 2014

    However, as I stated earlier, it's clear through the first half that Charles and Edwin feel utterly safe. They're dead, and nothing can hurt them anymore -- and dramatically, that's a problem. There's very little at stake when the protagonists cannot be made to suffer. Luckily, by the end of the issue, Litt and Buckingham have smartly circled them back to the scene of the crime at St. Hilarion's. The boys are loveably bold and brave, but it means more when they act that way in the face of something. By returning them to their literally hellish school, Litt and Buckingham have given them something to be afraid of. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 7, 2014

    Although I found the elaborate heist/performance art involving Crystal's parents that opens the issue a bit hard to follow, Dead Boy Detectives #1 offers up a strong first issue to reintroduce out both characters and give them an excuse to return to school that destroyed and ended each of their lives. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jan 1, 2014

    Dead Boy Detectives #1 is an alright book, but it is mostly in the realm of setup, having not gotten started and just putting the piece into the right places. Maybe hold off on buying this book right away until the second issue gets out, cause otherwise there may not be much here for the reader. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 31, 2013

    The Dead Boy Detectives does not have enough in it’s first issue to keep readers interested for the long haul. The writing here lacks clarity and does not introduce the concept very well. However, those that are interested in this series for Mark Buckingham’s pencils will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Jan 10, 2014

    If you are a fan of Sandman this book will probably be on top of your to buy list and you will probably really enjoy it, but if you don't reality enjoy Sandman there are other Vertigo titles that you will enjoy more. Read Full Review

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