I used to listen to old radio shows with my parents. My favorites were the detective shows. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, The Fat Man, Boston Blackie were all favorites. I like old detective movies too. The Thin Man series in particular. Johnny Diamond Detective goes for that type of 30s detective noir feel, but with a twist.
Jonny Diamond is your typical detective. Trouble seems to find him more than he chases it. After acquiring some bruises and a black eye from a case, Johnny comes back to his office to discover the requisite beautiful dame with a case for him. Of course she’s trouble and he knows it. He just doesn’t care in light of how gorgeous she is.
She claims to have a stalker. So Jonny goes to find and dissuade him from this endeavor. Upon finding him and bringing him back Johnny and his secretary/sidekick, Sarah discover there is way more going on than thought. It may be far more than they can handle.
I enjoyed Jonny Diamond. It’s written and drawn very specifically in a dark noir style, almost stereotypically so. The characters are very much the ones you expect in this type of story. Yet Horatiu Radoiu manages to throw a twist in that brings a touch of the modern to it. It will be interesting to watch how the stereotypes play with the outlier.
I give Jonny Diamond Detective 3 out of 5 stars. It’s definitely worth a look.
Jonny Diamond, Detective #1
Jonny Diamond gets back from an assignment, and he doesn’t seem to have the best night he’s ever had. Until he discovers a beautiful woman waiting for him in his office. She comes to him asking for help, but is he perhaps the one really in danger?
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