It’s been quite the ascent for High Crimes.
The comic from writer Christopher Sebela and artist Ibrahim Moustafa (both of whom are blowing up lately, by the way) was first released digitally by Monkeybrain Comics back in 2013. It went on to receive a pair of Eisner nominations and eventual print edition from Dark Horse. Now, the book is being collected for a new trade from Image Comics, set for release this February.
High Crimes, for those who haven’t yet scaled this story, is about Mount Everest and murder. In the story, a woman on the run from her past comes to work as a climbing guide for affluent tourists. From there, adventure ensues, adventure that involves grave robbing, murder, and government agents bent on recovering state secrets as well as eliminating witnesses. It’s exciting stuff.
The full press release from Image about the new edition can be found below:
Writer Christopher Sebela (CROWDED, SHANGHAI RED, We(l)come Back) and artist Ibrahim Moustafa (Jaeger, Mother Panic, James Bond) will release a trade paperback collection of their two-time Eisner-nominated series HIGH CRIMES this February from Image Comics.
“Making HIGH CRIMES was one hell of a climb, and I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re going to be able to share it with more readers via the Image banner,” said Moustafa.
People die every year on Mount Everest. This year will be murder.
Zan Jensen works as a climbing guide for rich tourists in Kathmandu. And on the side, she and her partner Haskell moonlight as high-altitude graverobbers, extorting money from the families of the many dead bodies that litter the peaks of the Himalayas. But when they find a body with a jackpot of state secrets embedded in its skin at the summit of Mount Everest, they wind up in the crosshairs of a government agency bent on recovering the body—and eliminating any witnesses.
“HIGH CRIMES is responsible for my whole career,” added Sebela. “Born from years of obsession with Everest and a last-ditch attempt to make the only book I cared about making, it came out so much better than I ever could have imagined, and I’m excited to share it with a whole new audience.”
HIGH CRIMES (Diamond code: DEC180082, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1047-6) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, February 20th and bookstores on Tuesday, February 26th. It can be preordered via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.
HIGH CRIMES will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
Select praise for HIGH CRIMES:
“The perfect thriller, with big stakes, damaged characters, dark pasts, and just the right ratio of humor-to-corpses.” —Chelsea Cain
“This is must-read stuff.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sharp as an ice ax, taut as a climbing rope. The writing and art have a vertiginous quality as if at any moment the characters—and you with ’em—will drop down into a dark canyon abyss. Let me put it another way: if you’re not reading HIGH CRIMES, we probably can’t be friends.” —Chuck Wendig
“Exceptional and chilling.” —The Beat
“Brutal and great and everything I love about crime comics and nothing like anything I’ve read before.” —Matt Fraction
“HIGH CRIMES has a premise that makes me jealous, characters I believe in, and art that ramps up the story. All I want is an adventure story with some depth, and HIGH CRIMES is all I want.” —Paul Tobin
“A satisfying, immersive mystery—bold in its simplicity. Moustafa and Sebela are the real deal.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Tightly paced, fantastically drawn.” —Bleeding Cool