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Nick of Time by Ted Bell
The Night Owls by Peter Timony
Nylon Road by Pasua Bashi
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
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A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier
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The Night Owls: 08/06/11

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Night Owls by Peter Timony began as a web comic run through the now more or less defunct Zuda wing of D.C. It was short listed for the 2010 Cybils and I read it as a judge back in January.

The Night Owls follows Baxter, Mindy and Roscoe (a gargoyle). Baxter runs the Night Owls detective agency and Mindy suspects that her boss might be a vampire since he never goes out in the daylight.

The cases are episodic, some only taking a page and other times, a dozen or so. The cases do eventually build to tell a semi-coherent story but it read too much like an omnibus of comic strips than a fully realized graphic novel.

The artwork fits its 1920s setting, and brings to mind Dick Tracy. It's mostly done in black and white. Again the artwork is more comic strip than graphic novel.

Three stars.

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