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Bury the Lede

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Twenty-one-year-old Madison T. Jackson is already the star of the Emerson College student newspaper when she nabs a coveted night internship at Boston’s premiere newspaper, The Boston Lede. The job’s simple: do whatever the senior reporters tell you to do, from fetching coffee to getting a quote from a grieving parent. It’s grueling work, so when the murder of a prominent ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Boom! Studios
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Ehhhhh, I was not the hugest fan of this one. The art style was great, but I found the plot to be extremely disjointed and hard to follow. Also there was a scene in which the main character (a journalist) roofies someone to get information and then never faces any consequences and I just??????????? This was unfortunately just not for me.
Nen & Jen
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was as intensely gripping, mysterious and as gorgeously visual as I had hoped it would be. Bury the Lede had great rep for POC and LGBTQ+ characters and the inclusion of political machinations made this feel authentic and steeped in reality. While this story was quite a lot darker and deeper than I had anticipated, for the most part this was an interesting and unusual read.

Reporter for the Boston Lede, Madison Jackson is young, scrappy, and hungry to prove that
Erika Sarutobi
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

The art is amazing but the story was a bit messy in the pacing that it was a bit hard to follow. Nevertheless, it was still interesting and I liked that it had a detective vibe despite the main character being a reporter.

I found Dahlia to be really intriguing especially with the way she would throw hints Madison and her whole motive. It would have been more interesting if the main character was a bit smarter and less selfish with the cop who's always tipping her
Jay G
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of this graphic novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

3.5/5 Star

Madison Jackson, a 21 year old intern for the Boston Lede, is trying to get her first headline in the paper. She gets her opportunity when a socialite named Dahlia Kennedy, murdering her husband and son comes to light. Dahlia, who refused to talk to any other reporter, confesses to Madison and thus shove
Move over Clark Kent. Dunn's Bury the Lede is a dark brooding crime-filled graphic novel featuring a young cub reporter trying to get her first headline and a bloody family-killing psychopath who confesses to the cub reporter. Terrific artwork. Good storyline. Inordinate number of lesbian/bi characters. But, the main focus is on the crime story and the widow, who like Lady MacBeth, emerges from the crime scene covered in blood.
Hizatul Akmah
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
actual rating: 4.2/5 ⭐

this story was about an intern named Madison Jackson who was eager to do something to make everyone start to recognise her as a real reporter. enter the gorgeous yet murderous Dahlia Kennedy who refused to talk to anyone else about her recent crime but to the rookie Madison. then, people start to see her a subject to sell the story. but what was really at stack, here?

i love LOVE the illustrations and the colours and how unapologetic queer this book is! the stor
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely artwork and colours, a diverse cast of characters, a complex and difficult heroine, and great LGBT and POC representation - I loved this. The story wasn’t super compelling to me, but I liked the characters so much that I’d have watched them investigate pretty much anything. I hope they’ll all be back in future books (and no spoilers but the protagonist has made a pretty huge mess of her interpersonal relationships by the end of the book, so there’s plenty to mine in future volumes).
Laura Ungureanu
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, graphic-novels
*I was provided with a copy of this book by Netgalley. Thank you!*

This graphic novel carries an intricate mystery told from the point of view of an intern at the Lede, a notorious Boston newspaper.
The characters are incredible. I liked Madison Jackson as the main character. I've never traveled so far into the world of reporters and magazines. Her journey in that world is ours. Madison is relatable because she is introverted but ambitious. She is bisexual and also another character i
Thanks to NetGalley and Boom! Studios for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Bury the Lede is a noir/crime graphic novel about Madison Jackson, a young intern at one of Boston’s most important newspapers who’s willing to do whatever she has to in order to get a front page scoop.

While I loved the art style, I was not the biggest fan of the plot. I think it was disjointed and pretty confusing (I had to go back many times to try to figure out who or what the
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoa, darker and deeper than I thought and there were warnings about that! For that, I am so grateful.

The artwork is stark and beautiful. I can't count the amount of times I stopped focusing on the story to just admire how well done and stylistic the art is.

The story is confusing a bit and I felt that it should have been much longer, however I get it and it wasn't hard to get into the swing of things as you kept reading. QUEER and POC representation galore! I love it and I love that we're gett
Larissa Is Reading
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was kindly sent an arc of Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn from Netgalley*

I read this in an hour! It was really interesting. I’ve never read a book or a graphic novel like this before. I got some Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) vibes from this.

We follow a bisexual female who is an intern and is the only person Dahlia will talk to (a convicted murderer). The intern gets the story from her about the people who were murdered and becomes a reporter.

I knocked a star off because at one point, t
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shoutout to NetGalley and one of my favorite distributors of fine comics, BOOM! Studios for the galley of this wonderful work.

My last book by Gaby Dunn was Bad With Money, and this is a far cry from advice about demystifying money and getting your financial life together, but holy comics, Batman, is it good!

Madison Jackson is a young, hungry reporter intern who just wants to prove her worth at The Boston Lede. She catches a brutal murder on a police scanner, and Dahlia Ke
Jill Kenna
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book.

This book is fantastic! The book is all about Madison, an intern for the Boston Lede and her quest to land a front page story. She gets her opportunity in the form of Dahlia Kennedy; a socialite accused of killing her husband and possibly her son as well. The newspaper sends more seasoned reporters to the jail to talk to her and get a story but she won't talk to anyone. Except Madison.

This is an amazing crime comic. I have read my fair
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC of Bury the Lede that I received in exchange for a fair and honest review.

First, full disclosure: I have probably read somewhere around ten graphic novels in my entire life. I am not really an expert on them as a medium. Having said that, I do know thrillers.

Bury the Lead is a graphic crime noir novel. It has a gritty, dark feel that stays true to the conventions of crime noir. The plot line is well executed and I didn’t notice a
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graphic novels are not usually my thing, but I made an exception for Bury the Lede, and I'm glad I did. A juicy murder and tons of bisexual, lesbian, and POC representation! Madison, an ambitious intern at a newspaper named the Boston Lede, is given some valuable tips after a high-profile murder. Working with a reporter and a police officer, Madison turns the tips into explosive stories. However, her zeal may prove to be detrimental to her personal life.

The graphics are fantastic, and the purpl
Book Pairings (Laci Long)
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love noir-esque comics or crime mysteries, you need to check this one out. I didn’t know much going into this one which I think added to my enjoyment, so I’m not going to dig deep into the plot here. I will tell you that the story follows Madison, an intern for Boston’s most reputable newspaper. Then she catches a break by being the only reporter Dahlia Kennedy, an alleged murderer will talk too. It’s the hottest story in town and Madison soon learns that there is more to the story than j ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The pacing is near-perfect as Dunn makes sure to give away just enough of the mystery to keep the reader turning the pages. And the illustrations highlight the noir feeling of both the criminality of the plot and the anxiousness of Madison’s mind. I also liked the palette of dark blues and oranges and the select bright colors that symbolize the dramatic moments in the piece. Great choices to highlight the atmosphere.

A raw and poignant look at a young reporter quickly pulled into the
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fun queer murder mystery with great characters.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-2019
2.5/5 stars.
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

While I loved the artwork of Bury the Lede, the story and characters lacked cohesion. What could been a modern-take on those noir stories featuring a journalist investigator, Bury the Lede gives us a storyline that tries to be gritty and clever while failing to maintain any sort of sense. The rookie journalist protagonist of the story has a great connection in the police department, does more or less what she wants (from roofing her sources to stealing police files) in order to talk to laug
Many thanks to Boom! Studios and Netgalley for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

Madison, a newsroom intern, is placed with the opportunity to follow a murder mystery, being that the suspect only wishes to talk to her. With the promise of a coveted byline in one of the biggest newspapers in Boston, morality lines begin to blur as she begins to distance herself from remaining empathetic to those closest to her, is it all worth it for the sake of becoming a reporter?
Pop Bop
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Noirish Enough

Three aspects of this book stand out for me - a reasonably noirish plot, a fairly predictable "cub" reporter ambition drama, and LGBTQ instalove.

As to the noir plot, it's twisty and grim enough, although it doesn't have the hopeless and dark ending you get with real noir. There is also a lot of coincidence and plenty of tip-offs to keep the heroine on the right track, which I guess makes sense within the length limits of a graphic novel. The same is true for
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The review will be live on the website 10/1/19. Here's the synopsis of the review:

Have you ever had that hard-hitting bug to become a journalist and crack a case wide open? Well, we have -- so Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn, Claire Roe, and Miquel Muerto scratched our itch. A graphic novel under BOOM! coming October 8th, 2019 dives into the behind-the-scenes journalism narrative by Madison Jackson, "the intern." By the end of the novel, she won't just be an "intern." The narrative overal
Representation: bisexual MC, bisexual love interest, lesbian/POC love interest, queer side characters, POC side characters
Trigger/content warnings: murder, blood, adultery, sexual abuse/child molestation (off the page)

I loved the concept of this graphic novel so much more than it's execution. I love investigative journalist stories and honestly I wish there was more of it in the fictional world. In addition, I don't think I've ever come across an adult graphic novel that takes that genre on - hence why I was so keen to check/>I/>Trigger/content
This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Content/Trigger Warnings: child molestation, murder, staged suicide, violence/blood/gore.

- The Graphics! The purple, blue, earthy tones set the perfect tone for this dark/gritty tale. The by the artist was also wonderful -- beautfilly capturing a multicultural and gender-diverse cast of characters.
- The Representation! The inclusion of diverse LGBTQ+ characters was done masterfully.
Hey guys, Talia here with another review, courtesy of NetGalley!

Dead husband. Missing son. And the wife will only talk to one person.

What an INSANE comic!

Madison is an intern with the Boston Lede, pushing to find a hell of a story to bump her up to the role of reporter. And the story to make her career happens to land right in her lap.

Dhalia is accused of murdering her husband and son. I’ll be damned if she admits to Madison that she di
Elly (imaginemorebooks)
*** I received an ARC of this graphic novel from BOOM! Studios and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.***

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

2/5 Stars

I really wish I liked this, but it completely fell flat. Overall it felt very problematic and disjointed. The story never flowed well. It bounces around so much that you never get a good sense of the characters. Even worse, I found it difficult to follo
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I was particularly excited about Bury the Lede because I rarely encountered a crime/noir graphic novel. Unfortunately, aside from its brilliant and incredibly graphic artworks with no holding back and an excellent queer rep, I couldn't relate to the characters nor the plot.

The protagonist was very self-centered, especially when it comes to her career as a so-called reporter. She has zero ability to maintain a relationship, whether with her family or romantic partners. Hence the reason why I couldn'
Esteban Parra
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This graphic novel tells the story of Madison Jackson, a journalist at Boston Lede, one of the most important newspapers in the city. One day she has the opportunity to cover a spooky murder, a fact that leads Dahlia Kennedy, the accused of the crime and who will change his life forever.

The first thing to mention when talking about this story is the good work in the graphic section of Claire Roe and Miquel Muerto. The color palette perfectly conveys the sordid story and accompanies M
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am here for all of the new comics and books that give me strong women protagonists and super noir vibes! Bury the Lede follows (intern) reporter Madison, who gets wrapped into covering Dahlia Kennedy, accused murderer of her husband and son. And of course, conspiracy and a darker story emerge! The graphic novel is beautifully drawn and perfectly colored to match the story - just because it's noir doesn't mean it needs to be void of color, and the reliance on purples and blues gives emotional w ...more
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