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I generally pride myself on being able to sniff out a red herring, but James Patterson and J.D. Barker have weaved so many great ones into The Coast-to-Coast Murders that you know something is fishy but can’t quite pick what it is. Continue reading The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson and J.D. Barker (2020)
The classic tale of boy meets girl, girl is cryptic to boy, boy becomes obsessed with girl, girl becomes even more mysterious and supernatural mayhem ensues. Continue reading She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker (2020)
The final showdown between Detective Sam Porter’s team, the FBI and 4MK Anson Bishop. In this game of cat and mouse the body count continues to rise and tables turn in ways no-one could have imagined.
The Sixth Wicked Child is the third novel in the 4MK Thriller series. Continue reading The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker (2019)
I was perusing the comics available on NetGalley recently when this cleverly named collection jumped out at me. Cellies follows a group of retail employees at a cell phone store through midnight launches, parental drama and store romances.
Volume one of Cellies is a fun introduction to some interesting and varied characters. The staff feel like they’re your average underpaid and under-appreciated retail worker and their manager is a hoot. Though, I must admit, I never found myself really caring about the characters or what happened to them.
Interspersed throughout the main storyline are “real life” retail horror stories that have been drawn in the same style as Cellies. I think these in particular will resonate with anyone who has ever worked in retail.
The art is quite cool and I loved the use of colour throughout the comics.
I enjoyed Cellies, vol. 1 as a very quick “slice of life” style read, but found it odd that the volume ended on a cliffhanger. Most collections I have read in the past end on the conclusion of the current story arc so that each collection can be read separately.
While I did enjoy the first collection, I wasn’t hooked in enough to be super keen on checking out the next instalment in the series. I don’t feel like what I’ve read will be particularly memorable in the long run, but it was a quick read that gave me a few laughs.
Have you read Cellies? Is it worth continuing with or do you have another indie comic you’d like to recommend? Hit me up in the comments or on the Twitters.