In Better Angels by Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story) and George Schall (Made in Korea) with letters by AndWorld Design, readers will get the chance to become better acquainted with real-life historical figure Kate Warne, America’s first woman detective.


Better Angels

The Beat previously announced the release of Better Angels, and today, we’re pleased to offer an exclusive extended look at the upcoming nonfiction graphic novel. 

Better Angels specifically follows the story of Warne’s crowning achievement: she managed to thwart a plan by Confederate radicals to murder Abraham Lincoln.

The book will be published by BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia, the publisher behind books like the Ryan North and Albert Monteys graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

Warne Arrives in October

Better Angels will be available at your local comic shop beginning on October 27th, 2021, and it will arrive at your favorite local bookstore beginning on November 2nd, 2021 and online through the BOOM! webstore.

Will you be tracking down a copy of Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure when it arrives in Autumn 2021? The Beat wants to hear from you! Let us know, either in the comment section beneath the press release, or over on social media @comicsbeat.

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A New Look at America’s First Woman Detective in BETTER ANGELS

Discover the Untold Story of Kate Warne by ‘Watchmen’ Screenwriter Jeff Jensen & Acclaimed Artist George Schall in October 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 27, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a new look at the brand new original graphic novel BETTER ANGELS: A KATE WARNE ADVENTURE, from Emmy and Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Jensen (HBO’s Watchmen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made In Korea), inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first woman detective, and her singular achievement—thwarting a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln.

In 1861, America is at a crossroads. Abraham Lincoln, the man tasked with healing the nation, and his family are the targets of a conspiracy to assassinate them. Their safety – and the future of the American experiment – hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture: detective.

But there was only one detective whose extraordinary cleverness, versatility and mystery made them a singular individual who could save the Lincolns. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the true story of America’s first woman detective, who saved the life of her country’s greatest president and changed the course of history forever.

BETTER ANGELS: A KATE WARNE ADVENTURE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, We Served the People by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, Girl on Film by Cecil Castellucci and Vicky Leta, Melissa Duffy, V. Gagnon & Jon Berg, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, and more.

Print copies of BETTER ANGELS: A KATE WARNE ADVENTURE will be available for sale on October 27, 2021 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), on November 2, 2021 in bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

For continuing news on BETTER ANGELS: A KATE WARNE ADVENTURE and more from BOOM!, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.