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While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the citys elite.

In the uncertain social and political climate of 1972 Detroit, hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by BOOM! Studios
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Damn, I have to say I was really impressed with this. It's about a black female reporter in Detroit 1972. Not only does she have to deal with racism and sexism but she gets involved unwittingly with the supernatural as well. The dialogue and settings can be rough. I'm not disparaging the author here. It's just that I'd like to punch a few of the misogynistic and racist jerks in the book. I really liked the supernatural element to the book and since Elena Abbott is new to it as well, the reader ...more
Read this one (a little too late) for I Read Comic Books Group.

Oh, my god. I really loved this. I need the second volume in my grubby hands right now. I really haven't been this interested in a non-superhero graphic novel since like Locke & Key or Saga. This did have some Locke & Key vibes, though. Anyone who loved that should definitely give this a shot.

One of the biggest differences from L&K is that this takes place in 1970s Detroit, told from the perspective of a controversial
Schizanthus Nerd
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abbott is a 2019 Hugo Awards finalist in the Best Graphic Story category. description Im not sure how to talk about this graphic novel without providing some information about the plot, so Warning: potential spoilers ahead!

This is Elena Abbott.
Shes a reporter for the Detroit Daily and as a black woman in 1972, shes practically surrounded by racist and misogynistic white men. The newspaper board members and most of the police force arent exactly thrilled about her reporting the truth, particularly when
Skye Kilaen
The main character, Elena Abbott, is a bi black woman journalist in 1972 Detroit who also fights the occult forces of evil. Was there a chance I'd skip reading this graphic novel? No. And while I thought the villain was maybe a tiny smidge too cheesy, overall I enjoyed this a lot and would order a sequel in a heartbeat.
James DeSantis
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Part of this book I love and the other part...not so much.

So Abbott is a news reporter. She's actually really badass in her approach, similar to characters like Jessica Jones, she takes no shit from anyone. So when she begins reporting things of police brutality she begins to make enemies. However, what is really chasing her? Demons? Half human half creature visions begin to haunt her. Can she escape? Will the demons kill her or will the people in her life try to hurt her more?

It's a dark
Shannon Appelcline
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
This comic has an enthralling premise: 1973 Detroit, where a black newswoman is caught up in the occult. This could have been a great period piece, and there's some good work on racism and sexism in the '70s, just when things were beginning to change. This could have been a good noir piece, but it really doesn't do much for the genre. In fact, overall, Abbott is a bit slow and a bit unoriginal. Oh, there's some good content here, but not necessarily enough to leave you begging for more.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd beem impressed with some of Ahmeds previous work. You can tell Ahmed really knows reporting and the city. I just didn't feel that interested in the overall plot. Journalist mixed up in some killings but involves supernatural elements. A slight noir nod but not at the level of Brubaker.
chantel nouseforaname
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, comics
One of the best comic series I've read in a while. Beautiful artwork, a fantastic story about this badass female journalist who's battling evil forces. Set in the '70s. Written magnificently. Illustrations are amazing. Well worth the read. I read each installment at different points over the past two months, but this series on a whole is perfect. Get into it.
Elizabeth A
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2019
Life in Detriot circa 1972 is already hard for many, and to make matters worse some grisly and frankly bizarre murders are suddenly happening. The thing is that the cops don't seem all that interested, but fear not, Elena Abbott, is going to get to the bottom of what's going on. Sure she has to deal with the expected racism and sexism, and if that wasn't enough to make her mad, there's a supernatural element at play, but no-one believes her. It's enough to make a girl chain smoke and drink her ...more
Rod Brown
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A newspaper reporter who takes their own photos while reluctantly and ineptly fighting supernatural beings in the 1970s? I could not get Kolchak: The Night Stalker out of my head the whole time I was reading this. Kolchak is now a tough as nails African American female named Abbott in order to get a little of 1970s blaxploitation films into the mix too, but still enjoyable as ever.

There was a little awkwardness in the writing as all the characters and their situations are introduced, but the
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow!
This was heavy, yet fantastical. I will definitely follow this comic series.
This pairs really well with Lovecraft Country, imo: a historical examination of racial injustice and prejudice seen through an occult lens, with shitty old white men trying to exploit disenfranchised minorities in America. Abbott is set in 1970s Detroit, with a black female journalist hunting a trail of mysterious ritualised killings -- and putting up with, yk, the usual misogyny and racism dogging her in a man's world. It's got touches of noir, with Elena Abbott as the weary brandy-sipping ...more
Rory Wilding
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
2018 has been an exceptional year for Saladin Ahmed, who has written one of the best limited series for Marvel Comics with Black Bolt, which you can now get in two volumes. Although he still writes for Marvel with Exiles, Ahmed finds room for creator-owned work with Boom! Studios, where the writer steps into the world of 1970s pulp journalism with Abbott.

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actual rating: 3.5

This was a really interesting read and definitely a new spin on the mystery + supernatural element genre smash up. Abbott is a black bisexual female reporter in 1970s Detroit and has to deal with sexism and racism in the city as well as a string of murders with a supernatural twist. Overall I would have liked it to be a little bit longer, but I think there were a lot of excellent things in here and it's definitely a time, place, and protagonist that is not often focused on in
Ed Erwin
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
Fabulous story that combines a black female detective in 1972 Detroit with supernatural horror inspired by Lovecraft. (There is a character named Howard Phillip Bellcamp, in case the influence wasn't obvious.) As good as Locke and Key or anything by Ed Brubaker.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Billed as a supernatural crime thriller set in 1970s Detroit, I was already in, but then having this tough-as-nails investigative reporter in Elena Abbott as the lead, well... It's just too good.

Abbott works for a daily newspaper, and gets tips on stories from her ex-husband, a police sergeant. She stumbles on to a gruesome murder that brings up a painful past, and then starts seeing supernatural creatures around town. What evil force is behind this?

Urban fantasy plus retro 70s: It's a good
Samantha (AK)
Detroit, 1972

Its a time of strife and tension, and reporter Elena Abbotts landed right in the middle of things. After her last expose, which centered on a police brutality incident, shes been encouraged to keep a low profile. But the latest story to cross her desk has her on the trail of the dark, supernatural forces that killed her first husband, and now have come gunning for her.

My last encounter with Ahmeds work was Throne of the Crescent Moon, which landed firmly in my DNF pile after about
Absolutely gorgeous artwork and fantastic characters. I felt that the mystery and supernatural/horror aspects could have been further developed - the downside of a five-issue storyline in my opinion.
The setting was excellent - 1970s Detroit with a black female bisexual lead as a kickass journalist? Yes, please!
Overall, worth the read (especially for the art - did I mention how awesome the art was?) but didn't go as in-depth as I would have liked. 3.5 stars
Uh, hello, Netflix? Amazon Prime? Anyone? This needs to be adapted to the screen. With its distinct noir flair with paranormal elements plus a strong female lead, it'll make a good TV show/miniseries. The story's a bit too simple and some bits pretty predictable yet the superb artwork and the sharp dialogues kept me glued.

May 18, 2019 added it
Perfect mix of historical and supernatural thriller with a kickass reporter lead. Would read more. #bookclub4m
Newly Wardell
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just works. The story and art work are both top notch.
Alexander Peterhans
First off, I applaud any effort to introduce more diversity into comics. It has been long overdue. So in that respect Abbott is a great accomplishment.

In characterisation, dialogue and plot, less so, I'm afraid. I know the dialogue is supposed to be 70s hardboiled noir, but I found most of it to be clunky, heavy-handed and much too on-the-nose. Did you know Abbott has a strict routine? It's only mentioned in just about every conversation she has. Her male editor at the paper she works for, tells
Man, I got this for a graphic novel exchange for a book club, I'm in and now I'm going to go buy a new book because this loses all of its steam at the end.

Elena Abbott is a great character: bisexual black tabloid journalist fighting something supernatural from her past. The problem is that the book just moves too quickly. It never stops to establish. In one scene, we arrive at a hedge maze and immediately upon walking in, there's a chase scene. It's little opportunities to breathe like this that
The art here is evocative, the character relationships complex, the time period well-conveyed. But it's also not a thing I ever would have read without the Hugos prodding me into it; urban fantasy horror isn't much my thing, and nor are Manichean battles between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness.

I did like (view spoiler)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Abbott is kickass, the magic is super creepy and it deals with some very current issues in a great way. However it didn't keep me engaged the whole way through though, the main character was really compelling but the bad guy's magic was the only interesting thing about him, he lacked personality.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A very well-done graphic novel with a setting (1970s Detroit with dark magic) that just doesn't really appeal to me. I found the protagonist interesting to follow, though.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great characters and you can tell that Ahmed knows Detroit well - the city feels very well imagined and three dimensional. I thought the mystery part could have been developed with a little more depth though.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Abbott is that comic that you start reading, believing that you know what it's all about: It's 1972. A black reporter (the only black reporter at her newspaper and one of the few in the city) battles the racism and sexism inherent in that time; and then you get something totally out of left field. Something you did not see coming, something you were not expecting. Elena Abbott is black. She's a woman. She's a bisexual woman with a chain smoking habit and a love for good brandy. And
Dakota Morgan
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
You know a book starring a black, bi, female investigative journalist in 70s Detroit is going to have something to say about the rampant racism and sexism of that era. You might be surprised to learn, though, that Abbott has a lot more to say about vaguely defined supernatural mysticism. Too much to say about that, I'd argue.

Abbott is an intriguing book when it focuses on Elena Abbott and her journalistic adventures. Solving crimes, uncovering police brutality. This stuff is good! Sure, it's
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, horror, x2018
Abbott is surprisingly good. The art of Sami Kivela is very, very nice and rich - in details, ink and colours. I especially like the colouring - it's vivid but still "noir"-dark. With the combination of great panel work and scenes, it's pleasure to read every page of this comics. But back to the writing. Abbott is very mellow to start. The atmosphere is perfectly fitting that mysterious-noir settings and even around 2-3rd issue it bit struggled for me, the start and the finish of Abbott's story ...more
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Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.

His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary

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