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Weird Detective: The Stars Are Wrong

(Weird Detective #1-5)

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The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is ...more
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Published February 21st 2017 by Dark Horse Books
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Sam Quixote
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2017
By Cthulhu’s tentacled mug, there’s a lot of HP Lovecraft-themed comics around these days, eh? Weird Detective is yet another one but it’s one of the better books out there and is also Fred Van Lente’s best work in years.

Previously a crooked Noo Yawk detective on the make, Sebastian Greene is now the vessel of an alien, here to stop the Old Ones from wreaking havoc on Earth. Greene picks up the trail after their victims start appearing around the city sucked dry of their innards like empty juice
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Forrest
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I sincerely hope that this is not the first and last of this excellent comic. The premise is intriguing: Detective Sebastian Greene is not Detective Sebastian Greene, though he . . . it . . . is housed in Detective Sebastian Greene's mortal coil, so to speak. As the blurb says "It takes a monster to catch a monster". Greene's not-being-Greene is portrayed quite well here, as he . . . it . . . whatever . . . learns how to move in human society and, in particular, through the maze of NYPD corrupti ...more
Malum
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Had the potential to be even better than it already is, but the plot meandered a bit too much and ran out of steam by the end. They had enough story for maybe three issues and they stretched it too thin with five.
StoryTellerShannon
A tale of a Great Race member trying to fit in as a human while carrying out a secret mission. Mythos fans will appreciate all the references. Interesting artwork and a fast read.

Let's hope there is a sequel.

OVERALL GRADE: B plus.
Chad
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
Your standard police procedural is reinvented for the Lovecraft set. One of the Yith (aliens) from Lovecraft has taken over a police detective's body to stop the various horrors that have inhabited the Earth. Many of the old ones are running the underworld of New York. Ven Lente injects this fish out of water horror noir with plenty of humor to lighten things up.

Don't worry, you don't need to know anything about Lovecraft to enjoy this book. It's still a great read either way. I'd love to see th
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Oscar
El detective Sebastian Green pertenece a la Unidad de Delitos Menores. Desde hace un par de meses, Green resuelve caso tras caso, por muy extraño que este sea, eficacia debida a algo que sabremos a las pocas páginas. Al comenzar la historia, nos metemos en un caso de estos raros, cuando aparece el cuerpo de una mujer, o más bien únicamente su piel. Será entonces cuando asignen una nueva compañera a Green, Sana Fayez.

‘Weird Detective’, con guión de Fred Van Lente, dibujo de Guiu Vilanova, y color
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La Espada en la Tinta
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: received
En la ficción detectivesca es, posiblemente, donde se encuentran los personajes con las manías, costumbres y psiques de lo más excéntricas que hayamos podido ver —Sherlock Holmes, Gervase Fen, Harry Dresden, Batman, John Constantine o Joe Golem, los ejemplos son muchos y variados—, lo que unido a unos métodos de deducción portentosos y en ocasiones poco comunes da como resultado personajes memorables que pasan a formar parte del imaginario colectivo. Sebastian Greene, el protagonista de Weird De ...more
Tom Ewing
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Cthulhu/Crime mashup in which the mean streets of NYC are pounded by one of the Great Race Of Yith. If that premise sounds like your idea of fun, you'll get plenty out of Weird Detective, as Fred Van Lente knows how to craft a witty, tight story and blends the various tropes well - though they never really add up to more than the sum of their parts. Fans of Darwyn Cooke's take on the Martian Manhunter should dig the vibe here too. Guiu Villanova provides the moody, clean-lined art, which is more ...more
Nicholas Kaufmann
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A police murder investigation in contemporary Brooklyn intersects with H.P. Lovecraft's mythos in Van Lente's scary, funny, and highly enjoyable WEIRD DETECTIVE. The Deep Ones, the Great Race of Yith, even shoggoths and the Starry Wisdom cult all make cameo appearances, but the real star of the show is Detective Sebastian Greene, who knows more about these things than anyone else on the force. The reason for it is one of the comic's most inventive twists. Van Lente skillfully avoids the usual cl ...more
47Time
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-thriller
The dialogue in this comic is laugh-out-loud funny and may be the best this to recommend about it. I'm no fan of monsters from space, but this comic has a lot more than that going for it.

Why is everything Canadian so weird to Americans? Ok, detective Sebastian Greene, the main character, is weird, but has some cool powers and no less that seventeen senses that enable him to solve crimes, so he's not very human in fact. He gets assigned a partner, Sana Fayez, who is secretly supposed to find how
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Charlos
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many Lovecraftian works I've come across lately have been less than cohesive, so I was pleasantly surprised as I read Van Lente's go at it. A good use of the mythos to propel a story of a detective who is not so much focused on solving a cases, instead being an agent engaged in the fight of otherworldly monstrous creatures that attempt to veil themselves in the semblance of normalcy and often fail. Good characters, humor and horror are balanced effectively, and the artwork is on lock with the mo ...more
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The streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn't a man at all. Detective Sebastian Green is one of them--it takes a monster to catch a monster.
New York Time's best-selling author, Fred Van Lente,
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Pop Bop
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Even Better Than I Had Hoped

I recognized Fred Van Lente as the author of Valiant Entertainment's "Archer & Armstrong, Volume 1: The Michelangelo Code". Having found that book to be clever and well paced and plotted I was keen to see what Van Lente had done with a Weird Tales project. Bottom line - this struck me as a resounding, entertaining success.

From the blurbs and whatnot this book looks like it's going to be just another mashup of Lovecraft/noir/detective fiction. Well, technically I g
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Dávid Novotný
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was little bit confusing from the start, but then it all started to make sense, something you may even expect from the comics inspired by Cthulhu mytos. There are some interesting ideas, funny jokes an potential for longer series. Sometimes you got feeling the author tried to put too many things in such short book, and you dont know who is who, and what is going on. But over and all, it was fun to read and I hope it will be more to come.
Raúl San Martín Rodríguez
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dime lo leído (librero imposible)
Ostrás, este cómic ha sido una muy grata sorpresa. Son cuatro estrellas porque no puedo poner cuatro y media.

Tenía a Fred Van Lente por un buen guionista por lo que había leído suyo en cómics del Universo Valiant, pero con todo me ha sorprendido. Lo he disfrutado muchísimo, y creo que los disfrutarán todos aquellos amantes de la cosmología de Lovecraft que quieran una historia detectives ambientada en la actualidad.
Nickolas
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a random pick from my beloved public library. It was... Weird. It's a detective story fused with Dr. Strangeness and H.P Lovecraft (Yuggoth). It felt like the story could have kept going and was definitely left open for more though I doubt there ever will be. A good one off read into the strange.
Jeff Bleyle
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NYPD detective Sebastian Green is weird indeed. Most of his colleagues chalk up his weirdness to their belief that he is Canadian. What is revealed during his investigation of some truly horrific and grisly murders makes for a good read, especially for readers who enjoy H.P. Lovecraft.
Scott
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Lovecraftian noir with a sense of humor, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's, "A Study in Emerald."

"I am from Canada," is the humorous excuse the Weird Detective uses to explain his idiosyncracies.
Alfonso Junquera perez
3.5 en realidad. Una aproximación interesante a los Mitos de Cthulhu mediante una historia detectivesca peculiar, con sus sorpresas y con unos métodos de deducción y búsqueda de pistas a cargo del protagonista de la historia bastante peculiares. Esperemos que tenga éxito y haya mas historias.
Dylan
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly pleasant surprise: this book is weird in the best ways possible. I'd love to see more comics like this one out there.
Anubhav
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I demand more.
Riku Kauhanen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and well written. I recommend!
Rita
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was fun! Is this it, though? I hope there's more.
Frankie Rodriguez
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book starts slow, but once it gets going its a mac truck of weird. The use of NYC is accurate down to recreations of specific localities, and the in jokes for regions throughout the city brought a great smile to my face.
Travis
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, mystery
An other-worldly Lovecraftian type creature comes to earth in search of some escaped servant creatures and takes over the body/ identity of a police detective.

He then has to balance his mission with keeping up with his police work, a snarky partner, a corrupt supervisor and the concern over is his quarry the serial killer stalking the city.

Reads like the first season of a great, but really strange TV series, mixing cop show with crazy sci-fi and horror.

The detective's attempts to fit in and unde
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Fred
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A clever graphic novel in which another dimensional being has taken over the body of a humdrum cop & turned him into an amazing detective. Tropes from noir, Lovecraft and a few other genres creep in. The best part is the recurring explanation of the detective' odd behaviors - "He's Canadian."
Mike Young
rated it it was ok
Mar 11, 2018
Michelle
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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won't hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time betwee
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