Truman Capote’s classic true crime book In Cold Blood is a classic in it’s genre. I was surprised to see the tale of the quadruple homicide of the Clutter family in Kansas, on which In Cold Blood was based, in comic book form. Emi Gennis manage to capture the dreadful and arbitrary nature of the murders and translate it to comics quite well. Originally published in 2017 as part of The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Volume 1, In Cold Blood is surprisingly understated, and restrained. It could have plunged into a dark snuff comics if not for the expert craftmanship of Gennis whose focus lies on the eeriness and stillness in the story. There’s this chilling ambiance permeating the comic and a sense of inertness that makes the story quite compelling.
Emi Gennis’ version is relatively short and should give you a chilling read on this cold winter weekend.
Philippe Leblanc is a Canadian comics journalist. In his regular life, he improves Canadian medical education, and is the co-host of the Ottawa Comic Book Club. He reads alternative, indie and art comics at night and write about them for the Comics Beat.