Our Bookseller says:I try not to be overly referential with my recommendations, but the back cover describes this as “Nancy Drew meets David Lynch” so all rules are out the window. This beautifully drawn graphic novel is my very favorite tale type: small town murder mystery with a dark, supernatural underbelly. Perfect for fans of old-timey mystery stories (anybody in the mood for The Hardy Boys?), Hanna-Barbera teen sleuthing teams, or any die-hard Riverdale stans who you’re trying to keep literate.It’s not dissimilar to Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids; both works are sends-ups crafted with a genre-savviness and sincere love of the source material that elevates them beyond mere parody. Wildly clever, this is a book that stands on its own (creepy, spooky) merits and constantly fires on all four cylinders. — Terry
The Case of the Missing Men is the first part of an ongoing mystery thriller set in a strange and remote East Coast village called Hobtown. The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie, and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of classic children’s pulp series like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.
Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes are childhood friends who trained in separate disciplines in order to reunite as adults and make comic books. Alexander Forbes is an artist and graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Kris Bertin is the author of the short story collection Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis, 2016). They are both from Lincoln, New Brunswick, and both live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.