Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jennifer McGinnis:

Comics as a Second Language

The Black Diamond Detective Agency

The Black Diamond Detective Agency


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Genre: Mystery

As small-town farmers in Missouri protest the freight rates for corn, someone takes advantage of the crowds by the train tracks and rigs an enormous explosion, killing dozens of civilians, and keeping the attention off of the theft of just one small safe.

Evidence points to John Hardin, one of the instigators of the protest, and the police as well as the rail-road’s private Black Diamond Detective Agency are sure it’s an easy case when they capture him within a day. But John Hardin is more than he seems; he escapes and leads the authorities on a cross-country chase, directing them right to more evidence and the detritus of a very strange story.

As the truth takes shape, a few members of the detective agency begin to wonder just how big this crime is, and who is really involved. Eddie Campbell draws this adaptation of a script by C. Gaby Mitchell.

Jennifer grew up in an almost-rural part of California and is currently living in the metropolis of Portland. She knows how to fish without bait, find magnetic north, shoot a bow and arrow, and slaughter small animals, but very rarely does any of it.

Jennifer’s favorite comics include PS 238, She-Hulk, Usagi Yojimbo, Fables, and Impulse.

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