Bylines in Blood #1

Writer: Van Jensen, Erica Schultz Artist: Aneke Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: January 5, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

The future. The very concept of truth has died. Politicians invent their own facts, and independent newspapers no longer exist. In this world, private detectives serve as ronin, searching out the hard truths that people are desperate to keep hidden.

The best of these is Satya, known as Lady Dick, a former journalist turned gumshoe who runs every lead to ground. But Satya has just received her hardest case yet: her old editor has been murdered. Someone wanted him silenced, and the trail points toward the highest bastions of power. To find jus-tice for her friend, she'll have to put everything - and everyone - she knows at risk.

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Madeleine Chan Jan 5, 2022

    Bylines In Blood #1 is electric neo-noir goodness that is much a murder mystery as an uncomfortable present-day truth. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 7, 2022

    The book feels a lot like a standard hardboiled detective story overall, just with the different trappings and that's a good thing in the larger view. I like these stories if the trappings are interesting and the team here has definitely accomplished that. You could easily take the bulk of this and put a 1920s aesthetic on it and it'd work almost exactly the same so far outside of a quirk or two. Satya's got a fair bit of exploration here and has the potential to be interesting as we get to know her more but the book does enough so that you want to know her more and see what's going up. The script is solid and while it may feel a bit too wordy to some, it's spot-on for this kind of project. Combine that with some great-looking artwork and a solid flow to things overall and it's easy to get swept up in all of this and see where it goes. I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 5, 2022

    Bylines in Blood #1 is a pretty solid debut for those that enjoy detective stories. There's something that really works but it's the deeper themes and concepts that really stand out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Connor Casey Jan 5, 2022

    Bylines in Blood makes for a decent hardboiled murder mystery. Read Full Review

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