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The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1: All Hail, God Mammon

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All Hail God Money!
From Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Secret Wars, Avengers) and Tomm Coker (Undying Love) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money... and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. The Black Monday Murders, Volume 1: All Hail, God Mammon is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine ba
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Paperback, Trade, 240 pages
Published January 25th 2017 by Image Comics
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Michael Finocchiaro
The Black Monday (as in Stock Market crash black Mondays) Murders is a beautifully drawn tale of mysticism, cannibalism and conspiracy. I won't go much more detail for fear of spoilers. It is more of the high quality dark thriller comix that we have come to expect from Kirkman's Image and if you like darker comics like Walking Dead and Outcast, you'll love this one! ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
“In God We Trust” is printed on US banknotes – yeah, the god of money, Mammon! The filthy lucre is America’s true religion and its high priests preside on Wall Street. Assigned to investigate the horrific ritual murder of a banker, Noo Yawk Detective (and secret voodoo practitioner) Theo Dumas uncovers the hidden world of finance where human sacrifice, pagan practices and occult magic covertly keep the markets going and the top banks wealthy!

Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday M
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Sud666
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
J Hickman hits a home run with this superb tale. I honestly picked it up due to the interesting cover and utter lack of description. I respect a comic that doesn't plaster the entire plot on the back buttressed with fawning quotes from other interested third parties. Hickman eschews such tricks and serves us a minimalist cover with a symbol on the back cover. That's it.

Well that works, since it caused me to flip through the book and I was hooked! Beautifully illustrated by Tomm Coker and wonderf
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Chad
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Hickman is great at coming up with fantastic concepts. This is another one. Ultra-rich Wall Street bankers have got there on the backs of their workers through blood sacrifice. All hail the almighty dollar giving Mammon his due. A detective gets involved when one of this cabal is murdered ritualistically. Where this falls apart some is Hickman's obtuse storytelling. The story is filled with time jumps and a gazillion characters thrown at you. Conversations between characters reference things you ...more
Donovan
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dreadfully boring. I feel like Hickman is doing a Brubaker Fatale impression. But rather than death cults and lovers it's investment bankers. Whoever said "you had me at investment bankers"? I just couldn't connect with the story or any of this sprawling cast. ...more
Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Me and Georgia (daughter, back from university) were in town so we naturally went to Page 45, the comix shop – here it is



It has a ton of stuff we would both love to buy (she likes her manga, I like my political memoirs) but of course graphic novels are so expensive. We feel bad mooching around and looking at a lot of really great stuff and not ever buying anything, so we both determined to get something. I got The Black Monday Murders Vol 1, it was half price due to very slight creasing on the c
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Artemy
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, image-comics
I don't consider myself a Jonathan Hickman fan, but I really admire what he does — his comics are usually very unique, and have tons of great ideas and concepts. I just feel like more often than not, he gets too in love with his concepts and doesn't give enough attention to writing a good story, especially in his indie books. And The Black Monday Murders, while one of his better creator-owned efforts, is still no different. The idea of a crazy cult of rich people who orchestrate stock market cra ...more
Kyle
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

A truly cinematic work; the entire volume could easily transition into the television or film mediums. While I won't spend any time trying to explain the purposefully convoluted and complex plot, I will say that I lapped up every bit of this book. It's brimming with a sinister flare throughout, with a creeping sort of dread that permeates each page.

The amount of information to ingest, and the flurry of characters and whiplash time jumps can be irksome, though. I had difficulty
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Dave Schaafsma
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-horror, gn-mystery
I think I just might not be a fan of Hickman’s work. This one is maybe the third or fourth series I have tried, and if I tell you a little about it, you will probably see that it is ambitious and be as intrigued as I was, but I finally just wasn’t that engaged in it. It is described by the publisher as “crypto-noir about the power of dirty, filthy money. . . and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it.” The Black Monday Murders (as in 1929’s Black Monday Stock Market crash) ties Wall Str ...more
L. McCoy
I am a huge fan of Hickman. He’s one of the best writers in comics. East of West is the best current comic series (and I will get into a snarky, kinda stupid internet comments war if someone in the comments starts talking s*** about it- I try to avoid stuff like that so that should tell you how passionate I am about it), his New Avengers run is great, The Nightly News is freaking brilliant and Hickman’s work has inspired a lot of my book ideas. So I tried this- the Hickman story that’s been gett ...more
RG
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Updated I read this a second time amd really dug it. Maybe it just needed that 2nd read to really understand the world.

Hickman and Coker have created a very well written and drawn piece of art. Its dark, creepy and well structured. The world buidling was probably the storngest element in combination with the dark and creepy colour tones of the artwork. I just didnt find the plot engaging. I was just waiting for that particular moment to appear and hook me, but unfortunately it never did. The cha
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Myra
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Noir...black magic...murder - the perfect trifecta!
This is a wellwritten and intricate story about the stockmarket secretly being controlled through a hierarchy of witches. It has a beautiful retro noir feel but the linework is sorta rough and brutal - which is a good thing, because it perfectly compliments the mood of the story.
While I read it I kept thinking of the movie The 9th Gate and True Detective - it shares the same feeling of walking on the edge of the abyss between the world as we kn
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Frédéric
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, thriller, fantasy
If not for this particular creative team on the steering wheel I probably would have dismissed this book as pretentious and boring.

But it is this particular creative team and, though it overtly flirts with pretention, it is done with enough talent for me to give it a pass and enjoy.

To sum it up, (very) old families made a pact with an antediluvian god to obtain wealth and power. The price to pay is blood. The blood of the hoi polloi if possible.

If not for this particular creative team I certainl
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Zedsdead
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This ambitious, broad-scoped title contends that the wealthiest of the wealthy maintain their prosperity generation after generation through complicated human sacrifice pacts with some otherworldly force.

Spans almost a century and a wide array of characters; the closest thing we have to a protagonist is a NY police detective investigating the bizarre murder of a VIP.

The illustration looks a LOT like Sean Phillips' work, and that's a high compliment.

Very well-written and intricately plotted. T
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Steven Carver
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(This review is written after reading The Black Monday Murders, issues 1-4, to be collected in volume 1.)

"All Hail God Mammon" is written on the back cover of each chapter, telegraphing clearly where this book lies in Hickman's mind. The Black Monday Murders is a story about the rich financial tycoons of the world, people often referenced in conspiracy theories, but shown to be involved in an ancient and mysterious black magic, connecting the wealthy and granting immense power.

Over and over aga
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Daniel
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dark, brooding and mysterious. That's what you get when you look at the cover of the graphic novel. When you open the cover and enter into this story, beware. The art is dark and gritty, suggestive and captivating. The facial art and expressions drawn here grab you and the writing by Hickman supports this and the two intertwine to tell a deeply twisted and dark tale.
Imagine, if you will that the One Percent, those who have almost all the world's wealth are actually members of a familial cult th
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RB
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars . . .

Extra points for the ambition, and the artwork, but did I learn anything new? No. What's this now, four or five families run the world? When did we find this out? What else does this book have to say? I see it features the Rothschild family, is this some Jew bashing conspiracy nonsense? No. So what is going on here?

Well, if we look past the fact that this book is dealing with crime in high places and the usual, mystical, darkness lurking behind every important bank action, and ju
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C. Varn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Hickman corpus is a very mixed bag, and this occult conspiracy comic about banking is highly stylistic, plotted, and interesting. The slow unveiling of the conspiracy and mythology is fascinating, the premise is solid, and the multi-textuality really works here in a way I have rarely seen since The Watchmen. The plot may be too slow for many, and the mythology too highly complicated--think comics like Fatale or prestige television shows like True Detective and/or Carnivale. The art dire ...more
Craig
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It may not be the most original idea in the world, namely that the world's big banks and richest families all got that way through manipulating black (and blood) magic, but Hickman presents it in such a way that it's all very mysterious and intriguing and I want to know what happens next. I love the graphic design elements that creep in Hickman's Pronea books and this one is no different, especially the magic symbols which seem to belong to a written language that predates ...more
Rural Soul
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jonathan Hickman always comes with unusual and mind blowing subjects. Besides this story has beautiful art.
Sheziss
Amazing storyline and compelling art.

Twisted, macabre and unapologetically depraved.
Dezideriu Szabo
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That was unexpected. This one totally blow my mind. Something completely new!
James
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. After reading the first few pages I was like, what is this? Is this going to be one of those books where I have no idea what’s going on? But as I continued reading, the story slowly started coming together and I was hooked in. All these rich powerful families run an investment banking firm.....and they worship some demon/god or something. One of them is killed and in comes our detective who also part time practices voodoo. There were these odd symbols he discovers at the crime scene w ...more
Dimitris Papastergiou
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars because I just wanted to read the first 2 chapters and go to bed, but then, I ended up reading the whole volume cuz it was THAT good.

Came off kinda pretentious at first and boring, how amazingly interesting and eye-catching something about bankers and money would be?! Well, turns out it IS.

Had a couple of nice moments at first, kinda confusing too, too much bullshit about families and shit. If I wanted to read a billion names that I won't remember after 2 pages, I could read Silmarilli
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Tom Ewing
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hickman's clockwork plots and high stylisation don't always sit well with me - but I thought this was very strong. It's a typically Hickmanish set-up with multiple cabals of horrible people playing high stakes games with one another which the book dripfeeds to the reader, but The Black Monday Murders has its individual strengths. The detective is a stock character, but gives the story a needed backbone while we absorb the finer details of the occult banking backstory. The art is appropriately br ...more
Mitchell Kukulka
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"If the truth would kill a man, Alexi… then that man must die."


Hickman has always been a master of taking even the most erudite concepts and characterizations and finding their true, human core, and this story is just another testament to his skill. Mixing the horrors of unbridled capitalism with the horrors of the paranormal, Hickman fills his foray into the detective genre with blood and intrigue so plentiful that they both practically ooze off of the pages.
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JL Shioshita
First off, the art in this book is gorgeous and fits perfectly with the supernatural-noir tone of the story. It's like Citizen Kane meets Constantine. Hickman is a master at world building and in reading a book like this you get the feeling you're only scratching the surface. Can't wait for the next story arc. ...more
Samuel
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Erin
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The premise for this is *italianchefkissesfingertips.jpg*. The execution is *davyjonesstarryeyes.gif.*
Willow L
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. I'm interested in the story, despite it not being fully flushed out in over 200 pages. That makes it out to be a promising world though, with effective building. I'm not itching to pick up the next volume but I will eventually. ...more
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