Cal Talmage thought it would be a pretty simple job: find an ambassador’s daughter, who has disappeared in Mars Central City, and keep her safe until treaty negotiations between Venus and Mercury have ended. But the protagonist of the new Image Comics graphic novel RED CITY should have known better — nothing is ever simple in The Big Red, especially when you’re throwing yourself in the midst of rival alien mafias, political conspiracies, and the threat of interplanetary war.
Classic hardboiled suspense matches up with sci-fi glitz and grit in this graphic novel by Daniel Corey (MORIARTY), Anthony Diecidue (MORIARTY), and Mark Dos Santos (IMPERIAL). Inspired by classic noir stories, writer Corey places his conflicted hero in a complex world where right and wrong aren’t clear-cut.
“The hard-boiled noir hero’s struggle is a spiritual one, in my view,” said Corey in an interview about RED CITY at Flickering Myth. “He or she contends with forces greater than themselves, and must gather arcane facts and clues in order to find their way out of the maze. And the results are usually gray and ambiguous.”