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Dead Boy Detectives, Vol. 1: Schoolboy Terrors (Dead Boy Detectives (2013) #1)

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
In these stories from issues #1-6, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries of their own demise while trying to protect tech-savvy sleuth Crystal from a similar fate. Also includes the short stories “Run Ragged” from WITCHING HOUR #1, GHOSTS #1 and TIME WARP #1
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Vertigo (first published December 31st 2013)
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Sam Quixote
Aug 08, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Dead Boy Detectives is another fruitless attempt to give these minor characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics a series of their own. The reason why this idea keeps failing is that there’s nothing to Charles or Edwin: they’re around 12 years old, they’re ghosts, and they decide to solve supernatural mysteries. That’s it?! It might work as a series for younger readers but, this being a Vertigo title, it’s clearly being aimed at the adult market and I’m not sure it should be.

Novelist Toby Litt
Richard Denney
May 24, 2015 Richard Denney rated it it was ok
I couldn't get much a of a grip on anything like none of it made sense. This one was sadly not for me.
Jul 17, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
I rather enjoyed this book, although I don't usually go in for graphic novels--and I must confess I spent most of the time reading this book uncertain of what was going on or why it was happening. You may laugh, but I think I was into the "second comic" before I realized the two boys were actually ghosts and "Dead boy" was a literal description. I was also surprised to learn after finishing the book that it wasn't aimed at a juvenile audience--as I'd assumed based on the cover and age of the ...more
Maggie Gordon
Jul 01, 2014 Maggie Gordon rated it it was ok
Actual rating 2.5. Dead Boy Detectives is a Sandman spin-off, so I grabbed it from the comic book shop expecting it to have some of that same magical brilliance that most Sandman-related stories have. Unfortunately, while the premise is good, the writing in this volume is choppy and confusing, making for an unsatisfying read.

Charles and Edwin are two young, school-age boys who were murdered in their boarding school by bullies, though many years apart from each other. Their story was a rather ch
David Caldwell
Edwin and Charles are two schoolboys who have set up their own detective agency. They investigate supernatural crimes because they also both happen to be dead, hence the name, Dead Boy Detectives. They get pulled back to the school where they both died while trying to protect a young girl. Working to solve the bizarre conspiracy at the school leads to the dead boys teaming up with the girl.

The Dead Boy Detectives are a spin-off for Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Unfortunately, I never followed th
Jul 28, 2014 Matt rated it it was ok
I was so excited to win this comic from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways. I started reading it immediately and that is where my excitement ended. As you can see, I gave it 2 of 5 stars. The premise is interesting. Two boys who met their demise and are now ghosts. They are, for some reasons, now detectives who help the world of the dead solve problems. Seems reasonable enough to be interesting.

Unfortunately, the story was all over the place. I couldn't follow the story and keep my interest in
Josh Newhouse
Jul 11, 2014 Josh Newhouse rated it liked it
Shelves: july2014
I wanted an all-ages mystical romp... Not for all ages... It was decent but not to my taste... Potential is there but writing is at times choppy and confusing.
Dec 04, 2016 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Ed Brubaker and Bryan Talbot, two creators I respect loads, had a fist at a Dead Boy Detective miniseries, and it didn't really work. It's pretty hard to replicate the charm Neil Gaiman brought to Edwin and Charles in their introduction in one of the best issues of his Sandman run, an interlude in the middle of Season Of Mists when the souls released by Lucifer have all returned to Earth and Death is running around trying to round them up. Getting their voices right is probably impossible if ...more
Oct 31, 2016 Eli rated it it was amazing
So much fun! A wonderful expansion to the Sandman mythos.
Steve Kemp
Oct 18, 2016 Steve Kemp rated it it was amazing
Won this on GoodReads .
Sep 01, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok
This review originally published in Looking For a Good book. Rated 2.25 of 5

I'm going to start this review by stating that I've never read the Sandman graphic novels. I know ... I know ... don't hate me for it! Why do I want to state that I haven't read Sandman? Because the very first words at the top of the cover of this book are: From the pages of The Sandman. I have no way of knowing how this book, or these characters fit within the Sandman stories or universe. I chose to read this book becau
Aug 15, 2014 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Ever since Season of Mists I've had an interest in these two school boys who skipped out on Death. Over the years there have been a few mentions of them, a miniseries done by Ed Brubaker The Dead Boy Detectives, one by Jill Thompson also called The Dead Boy Detectives and now this series...also called "Dead Boy Detectives."

I actually enjoyed the Brubaker spin on the two boys a bit, but part of me wonders how Charles and Edwin are represented similarly in all three works. The bit they played in S
Jul 23, 2015 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Originating in Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series, the Dead Boy Detectives are two early-teenage boys--one Victorian, one of 1990s vintage--murdered decades apart at the same boarding school. Death couldn't quite get around to taking them, though, so they wonder around dodging trouble and solving mysteries as best they're able.

This volume, part of a new collection by writer Toby Litt, sees them returning to the scene of the crime. Looking to protect a teenage girl with famous parents, they come back
Jul 18, 2016 Susannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was first introduced to the Dead Boy Detective characters in the multi-character crossover comic, Free Country. When I spotted this first volume of their standalone story in the library, I knew I had to read it. I just really like the characters of old-fashioned Edwin, and girl-crazy Charlie.
The first story is just a little teaser, basically an introduction to the two characters, before the main story arc involving Crystal, and the boys' returning to confront the ghosts of their past at their
Sep 22, 2015 Cale rated it liked it
This is definitely a slow starter - I was prepared to put it down about a third of the way into the book, before it finally turns the corner and actually starts to tell a coherent and interesting story. When you have 'From the Pages of The Sandman' on your cover, there's a higher standard you're held to, and this, even after it noticeably improves, still doesn't quite make it there. The main story, about the Dead Boys helping a girl who wants to prove to herself that ghosts exist, by attending ...more
Read the single print issues.

I enjoyed reading this, it's weird, dramatic, funny and very British. I love how ghost boys Charles and Edwin go around getting involved trying to investigate and solve mysteries. And when Crystal (a human girl) sets out to prove that there are ghosts at her new school (which happens to be Charles and Edwin's old school) she wound up finding something much worse going on there.

There were two stories in this, the second story (issues #5-6) found Edwin meeting two ghos
Huh, I must have been in a weird mood when I first picked this up a year ago and thought it was meh. Based on the title and concept, I thought I would love it and found myself surprised when I didn't. I decided to finish it for the BB March 2015 On-Hold Challenge and just restarted the whole thing. Turns out: yes, this is right up my alley! Ghost detectives, tree houses, creepy schools, eccentric artists, mmorpg-obsessed young ladies, cats gone wild, wee! Yes, it's quite weird with lots of ...more
Alex Sarll
Toby Litt, more commonly a writer of quite good prose, moves into comics with a stint on the Neil Gaiman-created gumshoe ghosts*. At first, it seems like it's all going to go horribly wrong, with a celebrity/modern art satire that would have been old hat ten years earlier - but fortunately, things soon settle down into the arena of the agreeably rum and uncanny. The art comes from Mark Buckingham, with finishes by Gary Erskine and later Russ Braun, so even the shakier sections are still ...more
Dead Boy Dectives follows literal dead boys Charles and Edwin as they investigate their own murders and attempt to prevent another from experiencing a similar fate.
I was initially pretty excited about this series since the Dead Boys are characters from the Sandman universe. Alas, there's little of the magic that makes the source material so great in this spin-off. The pacing is very awkward and the plot feels disjointed and confusing, even though the premise is relatively simple. It's not a ter
John Cozzoli
Jun 09, 2014 John Cozzoli rated it really liked it

A smidgen of whimsy, a modicum of mystical, and a dollop of the cheeky-odd surround Dead Boy Detectives Edwin and Charles as they float--or sqwoosh when they're in a rush, although doing so makes Charles sick--through their meager caseload of mysteries to solve. You may feel a little light-headed meeting this pale duo cold, without a little warming up first by reading their previous adventures, starting with The Sandman #25, but stick to it; the stories ar
Jul 15, 2014 Dina rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway

I liked the stories & I liked the illustrations. I would like to see where this goes but I also do not have a lot of experience with graphic novels / comics which is one reason I entered so I could get a chance to read more books like this so I was a little surprised to see that it had a lot more graphic illustrations then I thought it would but it didn't bother me. And I know that the tittle would let you know what to expect but I have read things that sa
Mar 18, 2016 Craig rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have always had a fondness for the characters, but they have seemingly fallen into hands ill-prepared to do them any justice. Jill Thompson did an amazing job, and so this review is going to sound like a comparison. It's simply too hard not to compare. The opening short stories are horrible, with interesting nuggets buried in the first six issues of the regular series. Sometimes, though, there are things too ridiculous like the cosplay elements which seem out of place and unnecessary, unless ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Toastkat rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a comic book that you can't just skate through. There's a lot going on in one page alone, and there are multiple stories being told at once. If you're not paying attention or if you're reading too fast, you'll miss important pieces of the puzzle. If you take your time, though, Dead Boy Detectives is a fascinating story that bends reality at Inception levels of deep thought. There's no background needed to enjoy it, but fans of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series will recognize a certain ...more
Ryan Mishap
Aug 02, 2015 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
For those who grew up reading the Three Investigators or other teen detective series, this comic book may be right up your alley, especially if you like some supernatural in your mystery. A decent outing, here, with a truly scary headmaster.

The outlandish supporting cast detracts from the adventure, however. The silly name of the main female protagonist--Crystal Palace--is only surpassed in annoyance by her attention-hound artist mother and her co-dependent-ignore-their-daughter relationship wit
Jul 24, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art

Zwei Schüler müssen an ihrer ehemaligen englischen Schule ein attraktives Mädchen retten. Problem: die beiden Schüler sind schon lange tot, nur ihre Geister sind noch als "Detektive" unter uns. Aber auch der fiese Schulleiter und seine Bullies sind schon lange tot...
Stimmungsvoll, witzig, ansprechende Artwork:

Die DEAD BOY DETECTIVES haben durchaus Kult-Faktor und machen Spaß!
Oct 27, 2014 Kathleen rated it liked it
This is exactly what I like about large comic book universes. These boys obviously had a lot of potential when they were introduced in Sandman. Boarding school boy detectives! Who are ghosts! Obviously there were stories to be told here and I'm glad that someone is telling them. Moreover, at least this first part of the run is well written, well drawn, and interesting. I like Crystal Palace and her parents a lot too.

I would highly recommend this book to people who like charming detective storie
Jun 25, 2015 Ailin rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I got this book because of a giveaway. Obviously, I had heard of it because I'm a reader of the Sandman series, but this book didn't seem to hold up. The plot was choppy and confusing and it was hard to get a hold on what was happening. The premise was simple enough, but I constantly felt like I was missing information that I never got.
Overall, I think it was okay, and maybe I would give it 2.5 stars but I don't see this series lasting for very long.
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 20, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
A curious and zany new take on the Dead Boy Detectives that from time-to-time reminds me of Little Nemo. The addition of a girl to the cast was a good choice, and I'm curious to see more about Charles' background. Overall, I feel like the two protagonists are better differentiated than in previous outings.

However, the stories also have a shallowness to them that keep them from being truly great.
Jun 24, 2014 Eleanor rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This series was ok. It’s a spin off from sandman so I picked it up. I found the stories them selves a little middle road but I really loved the new character in this book, Crystal Palace. She is awesome! She is the daughter of a rock star and an artist and is really into video games and cosplaying.

It is a fun read though and the art is really solid. I really like the pastel colour palate used and the covers are great. Not sure weather to keep buying it or not.
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Toby Litt was born in Bedfordshire, England, in 1968. He read English at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by Malcolm Bradbury, winning the 1995 Curtis Brown Fellowship. He lived in Prague from 1990 to 1993 and published his first book, a collection of short stories entitled Adventures in Capitalism, in 1996.

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