Talk about an anticipated comic! While enthusiasts are waiting impatiently for the launch of THE BLACK BEETLE #1-4, “No Way Out”, starting on January 16th from Dark Horse, those who missed the three part installments of “Night Shift” in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11-13 can catch it in rather glorious collected format in issue 0.
Eisner and Eagle Award winner Francesco Francavilla, veteran of SCALPED, ZORRO, and DETECTIVE COMICS, and BEETLE creator is still a “newcomer”, though that’s increasingly hard to believe. BLACK BEETLE started out on Francavilla’s Pulp Sunday Blog but has moved rapidly into “cult classic” status due to its nostalgic roots in pulp detective fiction and film, but also, let’s face it, because of Francavilla’s simply stunning artwork. Francavilla has a sensibility as grounded in design tradition as innovation, as “Night Shift’s” cover and film-poster title page attest.