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Weird Detective: The Stars Are Wrong

(Weird Detective #1-5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Dark Horse Books
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I probably wouldn't have given this a second glance but I noticed it was written by Fred Van Lente, and ever since reading his Archer & Armstrong, Volume 1: The Michelangelo Code, he's quickly turned into one of those names I watch for now.


Ok, so this is exactly what it says it is.
Dude is a weird dective. The other cops blame all his oddness on being Canadian (because we all know how strange those guys are) but his bizarre speech and behavior are actually the result of his being a shapeshiftin
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 juic
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of my hidden gem findings. The impressions that I got from cover arts and other brief info were: dark urban fantasy, mystery plots, horror, and conspiracies. But surprisingly, there are some funny moments, and this comic is not as gory as I expected.

I don't want to spoil much, I hope you enjoy the story as I did.
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
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-horror, gn-crime
Horror/Crime (True Detective-style) mash-up in which monstrous crimes in New York are being investigated by one of the Great Race Of Yith, in the guise of Peter Greene, who is dressed up as a standard NYC tec. So it’s part police procedural, fairly straightforward (and somewhat meandering) on one level, with a nod to (not a deep dive into) Lovecraftian Chthulu Old Ones outerspace mythos.

I really like Green’s cat. I thought the art was good by Guiu Vilanova. But I really actively dislike the let
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
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
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.

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.
Ed Erwin
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
A mix of dirty cop story with Lovecraftian horrors. I'm not a big reader of the "mythos", but I sort of recognize creatures from his stories, even if I can't remember whether they are Elder Ones or Shuggoths. I even glimpsed the "yellow sign" from Chambers "King in Yellow". As usual, a writer who is not Lovecraft can write a better Lovecraftian story than he could. Or at least more entertaining to me.

I liked it more than I expected. But I still prefer the similar Abbott.

What is it with Lovecraf
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
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
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say I've never read anything like this before. Police procedural meets Lovecraftian horror, but, you know, funny... And a bit down on Canadians...
It doesn't take long to get into the weirdness, and our protagonist Greene (and his new partner Fayez) makes for a strange narrator. It doesn't take long for things to go completely off the rails, and there are some very bonkers moments throughout, including some pretty disturbing crime scenes and manners of death. But there are so many
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
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
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The basic premise here is that an alien impersonating a police officer has to fight off a Lovecraftian invasion of earth--though that may not be what he was sent here to do. I'm disappointed that there's only one volume of this; I generally like van Lente, and Vilanova's art is fantastic. It's basically Martian Manhunter fights Cthulhu, and I'm down with that. ...more
This *is* weird. And it's not unfunny, in its own way. Forgettable but enjoyable. Huge fans probably hope this will be spun out into one of those everlasting series. I hope it won't. This will do. ...more
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.
Justin Labelle
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Weird Detective is solid and though the transition from volume 4-5 is a little rough, the art and story arc more than make up for the flawed conclusion.
This is a step in the right direction and it is definitely laying the groundwork for something bigger in the future.
Good for Lovecraft fans.
Goodreads Synopsis:
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,
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 guess
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.
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. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, its certainly an apt title. This was weird to say the least. While the description of the book definitely made me think its was going a more supernatural route, the decisions here were good but...odd. This is a book that will be a hit for some and a big miss for others. For me, I see the potential but I needed more from the main character's mysteries solved to keep me invested. ...more
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.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mixing genres is like mixing flavours.

This is obviously a genre mashup.

I was hoping for chocolate meets peanut butter, but I got toothpaste meets orange juice. Both are good in their right place, but they don’t work together.

2 stars because I still want to like it.
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. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was fun! Is this it, though? I hope there's more. ...more
Riku Kauhanen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and well written. I recommend!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I demand more.
Anton Smirnov
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great art work and an interesting plot.
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Fred Van Lente is the New York Times-bestselling author of comics as varied as Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Taskmaster, MODOK's 11, Amazing Spider-Man, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective, and Cowboys & Aliens (upon which the 2011 movie was based), as well as the novels Ten Dead Comedians and The Con Artist.

Van Lente also specializes in entertaining readers with offbeat

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