Oh Dead Letters, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I have extolled the virtues of Dead Letters before and while we’re only two issues in I have no doubt it will only continue to impress me. Boom! Studios wants it to impress you too so they have the trade paper collecting the first four issues at the low price of $9.99.
From the press release:
May 29, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Who is Sam Whistler, and what is he doing “Here”? The answers (and even more questions) are coming, as BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that the DEAD LETTERS trade paperback debuts this August at an introductory price of $9.99. This supernatural noir series from writer Christopher Sebela (Eisner-nominated High Crimes, Ghost) and newcomer artist Chris Visions has been critically-acclaimed, with the first issue rapidly selling out at the distributor level.
There has always been a place for crime stories at BOOM! Studios, and DEAD LETTERS is a wholly unique take on noir. When Sam Whistler wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room dressed in hospital scrubs and his arms wrapped in bandages, he doesn’t remember a single thing about who he is or how he got there. But the goons knocking down his door sure do, and suddenly Sam is thrust into the middle of a gang war in the bizarre landscape known only as “Here,” a hodgepodge of different places from different times where the normal rules—particularly those of life and death—don’t apply.
“Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions have poured everything they’ve got into this series, and it shows on every page,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Getting a noir series right is difficult enough on its own, but creating the world of ‘Here’ and adding this otherworldly element is just a phenomenal achievement. We’re incredibly proud of this series and happy to be collecting it in a volume that will allow readers to jump in at a great price.”
Praise for DEAD LETTERS:
“First issues are tough. Good first issues are murder, are rare, are wonderful, and should be shouted about from the rooftops. DEAD LETTERS #1 is a GREAT first issue. And the hook on its first page is only surpassed by the hook on its last page. BOOM! might just have the next PREACHER on its hands. Even better, they have the first DEAD LETTERS on their hands.” – Matt Fraction
“Christopher Sebela writes this thing to damn near perfection…The grit and darkness fills every panel, like the best mystery movie you’ve never seen.” – IGN
“Sebela’s a writer who has become someone to watch for, and Visions’ art makes me want a lot more from him too. All in all, a pleasant surprise.” – CBR
“More than anything else, Visions & Sebela have created a unique world that readers will want to return to and uncover more of.” – Multiversity
“DEAD LETTERS is fun, and it’s violent, and it’s addressing themes of what it means to be a human and what rewards there may be for good people in a secular world, and it’s doing it all in a visually gorgeous setting.” – Comic Bastards
“Sebela and Visions do not hold back. Just when you think you have an idea where everything is going, you get the rug pulled from beneath you.” – Comic Vine
“Chris Visions’ artwork is beautifully well done. It’s like being in a mix of a graffiti piece and an acrylic painting, and although it can feel cluttered sometimes, it fits this story perfectly, making [Here] a little reminiscent of a fallen utopia like in the worlds of Inception, Blade Runner, and the Fifth Element.“ – Eat Play Geek
DEAD LETTERS VOL. 1 TP will be available for purchase at the local comic shop nearest you this August and carries a retail price of $9.99. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!