Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Review: Chicago Typewriter

Bounding Into Comics reviews Chicago Typewriter: The Red Ribbon by Brandon Fiadino.

When I first picked up Chicago Typewriter, I was expecting some kind of hard-boiled, noir crime drama set in the 1920’s. What I got, however, was a hard-boiled, noir crime drama set in the 1920’s that also happened to be crawling with monsters, spirits, the afterlife, and a healthy dose of otherworldly horror. While it may not have been what I was expecting, it turns out that prohibition era storytelling does in fact improve when you fill it with ghosts, ghouls, and evil machinations of all sorts.

Things start out in an interesting, if a little bit of a confusing, fashion. A man by the name of Emilio Enzo, along with a few friends, are tromping about a cemetery in the middle of the night. Their purpose isn’t immediately clear, besides the fact Emilio wishes to be buried at the gravestone of one Remi Geroux. Things take a turn for the weird soon after that and it’s a roller coaster ride of crazy storytelling and outstanding artwork for the remainder of the trip.

This is the best rating that one of our comics have received to date - read the review to see - and while we can't take any credit for creating Chicago Typewriter - all the credit goes 100 percent to Brandon Fiadino - it should demonstrate that we are as serious about our commitment to quality with Dark Legion Comics as we are with Arkhaven.

Chicago Typewriter: The Red Ribbon is now available in a gold logo print edition from Castalia Books Direct and in Kindle format on Amazon.

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Blogger 63worldseries July 10, 2018 1:19 PM  

Nice! First steps into Making Comics Great Again!

Blogger widlast washere July 10, 2018 1:57 PM  

Good review, I'll need to pick up a copy.

Blogger Dave July 10, 2018 3:12 PM  

I have this book and hadn't got around to reading it yet, but that's about to change. I bought the gold logo print edition at the same time I ordered several other Arkhaven and Dark Legion gold logo books.

What are Brandon's plans? Is he waiting to see how sales are? Comics now crowdfunding du jour.

Blogger Jon Mollison July 10, 2018 3:33 PM  

Good to know Bounding Into Comics is legit. I'll have to add them to my news rotation.

Blogger James Dixon July 10, 2018 3:40 PM  

If anything, this review understates the quality of this comic. It is, to date, the best thing either Arkhaven or Dark Legion have produced. The Wodehouse adaptations are a close second, but this one is something special.

Blogger Bogey July 10, 2018 4:02 PM  

Glad Castalia House picked this one up.

I heard Vox talking about movies, which is mind blowing at this stage in the game, but I was actually expecting games based on the properties, considering that Vox is a game developer.

Blogger VD July 10, 2018 4:08 PM  

What are Brandon's plans?

He is working on a Chicago Typewriter novel.

Blogger James Dixon July 10, 2018 4:34 PM  

> He is working on a Chicago Typewriter novel.

Will he be looking to publish it via Castalia House?

Blogger VD July 10, 2018 6:47 PM  

Will he be looking to publish it via Castalia House?

Of course. We'll be happy to do it. He's already proven he can tell a story and create an intriguing world.

Blogger LP999-16 July 10, 2018 7:34 PM  

'We are so much more capable than what we think can do', wonderful live hear;

Wonderful, thank you, must hear!

Blogger James Dixon July 10, 2018 7:44 PM  

> He's already proven he can tell a story and create an intriguing world.

The only disagreement I can have with that statement is that it's damning with faint praise.

Blogger State Estimation July 10, 2018 8:09 PM  

I enjoyed reading Chicago Typewriter - there's depth, you get the sense there's plenty more story to be told.

At the same time I bought some hardcovers of John C. Wright's work via Castalia Direct. Very pleased with the quality of the books. Digital has its place, but I'm glad I can get real books.

Blogger GK Chesterton July 10, 2018 8:19 PM  

I bought Typewrighter but had a bit of a hard time following it. This might be due to reading it on my phone. However, thanks for continuing to put out work that allows me to purchase freely and not have experiences like, "why is the main character a collection of vegetables with a carrot nose that is raping people" (real experience in a Gardner Dozois collection).

Blogger Bobiojimbo July 10, 2018 9:25 PM  

Glad to see you promoting this more. Please tell me they have more on the way and that you will be collecting this series into a TPB. Chicago Typewriter definitely lends itself to the graphic novel style more than the single issue style. I can see it being on par with The Watchmen once collected.

Blogger SidVic July 10, 2018 10:32 PM  

Wow, i'm impressed. Be encouraged you are really on to something here. OT but Have you talked with james Lafond? He would be a perfect fit for castalia house. Amazon is fuckken him over big time.

Blogger digz July 10, 2018 10:54 PM  

Met Brandon at the Monroe comic con in NJ this Saturday. He was very refreshing and nice to talk to and has at least 10-12 chapters of story ready . He recommended Hellblazer from vertigo comics for those who like his work. Bought a bunch of glossy print editions of chicago typewriter and a few posters . A huge relief in a mostly SJW infested comic con.

Blogger Dire Badger July 11, 2018 2:08 AM  

Do you have a 2017 reading list?

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