Dead Boy Detectives #2

Dead Boy Detectives #2

Writer: Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham Artist: Mark Buckingham, Gary Erskine Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 29, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
7.6Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

From the pages of THE SANDMAN! Neil Gaiman's intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School; the place where they both were murdered. While trying to protect their new acquaintance, techno-savvy sleuth Crystal, from suffering the same fate at the hands of familiar bullies, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding their own untimely demise.

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 30, 2014

    The general premise of the book is beginning to fall into place after a relatively scatterbrained issue #1. The only real disappointment with issue #2 comes as a result of DC hyping up the appearance of Death. While she's referred to in a fairly oblique sense several times, she only appears in the flesh in a single panel flashback. Hopefully the various references will eventually build towards something more for the character, and we'll learn what consequences our two ghostly heroes will face for remaining on the earthly plane for so long. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jan 29, 2014

    Dead Boy Detectivesis a book that every horror fan should be reading. Its first two issues have got off to a great start and it is seriously something that deserves a lot more attention than what it's currently getting – it's fun and enjoyable. If you haven't read aSandmanbook before (I've only read Volume 1) then you can still enjoyDead Boy Detectives.My only real complaint is that we have to wait another month until the next issue – because I've loved the first two issues. It's just brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 29, 2014

    Vertigo's newest series is off to a great start. Whether you're familiar with the Dead Boy Detectives from their previous appearance in SANDMAN and their own miniseries, this is a book anyone can jump right into. Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham are taking the characters and adding to their story. There's a mix of innocence and adventure as we see the new developments come in. DEAD BOY DETECTIVES may be about two dead boys but there is so much life in this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Jan 30, 2014

    If you know the world that is set up in Sandman and carried over into Dead Boy Detectives and you have even the remotest fondness for it, this issue is worth picking up. I should like to recommend it to all readers who are fans of supernatural elements in comic books or even mysteries, but without that baseline knowledge this issue may be a bit too mired in its own history. Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland are two characters I have been fond of for years and I love having them here again, I think Buckingham and Litt are building toward an exciting end to this arc and that the drama and revelations will continue to grow from issue to issue. It's fun, it looks good and the parts that are silly are ultimately unoffensive.If you want to pick it up, I would suggest grabbing issue #1 first, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Feb 3, 2014

    My only concern going forward is the structure. I like so much of what they've introduced so far, and I hope that there isn't too much editorial pressure to resolve it quickly. It's very much a wait-and-see scenario. If they're forced to rush, I'll regret that slow first issue, but if things are allowed to progress calmly, I'll probably come to appreciate it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 9, 2014

    Charles RowlandandEdwin Painealso are surprised to see how good Crystal is at snooping already uncovering more about their deaths in a few days than they two have found in years. Does this mean a proper team-up is in order? And just what hell will be unleashed once others discover their snooping? Worth a look. Read Full Review

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