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The Dare Detectives, Volume 1: The Snowpea Plot (The Dare Detectives #1)
by Ben Caldwell
Reformed crook Maria Dare has assembled a team of misfits to crack the world's weirdest cases! They have brains ... they have guts ... but they don't have a clue! And in their first adventure. The Dare Detectives are finished! Rent's due and their license is suspended, but Dare's going-out-of-business festivities are interrupted by Madame Bleu - whose abominable snowmen ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by Dark Horse Comics
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Graphic Novel. The not-so-successful Dare Detectives are trying to solve the kidnapping/theft of Uncle Chan and all the snow peas in the city. Maria is beautiful, dangerous and the brains of the group, Toby is the not-so-smart muscle, and Jojo the rabbit is the comic relief. They don’t always get it right (they are on the outs with the police, since they often destroy a lot of stuff while pursuing criminals, and in this story they think they are solving one crime but are actually on the trail of ...more
Wow. This is the way to read this book! Archaia has done a great job here. I liked it when Dark Horse released it few years back, but the paper was surprisingly poor and the colors were muddy and soft. This edition is a beautifully produced hardcover whose glossy pages showcase the exciting artwork wonderfully. The story is pure wacky fun and the art is high octane cartooning at its best. Every panel looks like a frame from a top of the line animated film. Plus it has a nice little sketchbook ...more
I didn't expect much. This is the Best of the Month for me. I love this colorful universe that Ben Caldwell has created. The rules of his reality are explained as the book goes on. Humans can take physical damage (Maria breaks her arm) and cartoony characters like the monsters aren't easily hurt (bunny Jojo can be used as a weapon.) This book is just fun. I like the characters. I like the interactions between the mismatched cast. The art and coloring is sharp. To put it in geek terms: It has all ...more
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