The Book of Solomon – Part One
By Roger Gibson and Vince Danks
“Take CSI, peel away all the Hollywood veneer, and throw in a dash of that loveable dry British wit and you’ll come up with this oddly charming tale.”
Comic Book Jesus
From British creators Roger Gibson and Vince Danks, Harker: The Book of Solomon – Part One collects the first half of this storyline from the acclaimed comics series Harker, a wittily crafted homage to classic television detective series such as Columbo, Morse and CSI, which follows the
homicide investigations of Detective Chief Inspector Harker and his assistant, DS Critchley.
When a series of gruesome murders take place near the British Museum, DCI Harker and his assistant DS Critchley are called to London to solve the case. Middle-class Satanists, dusty bookshops, grimy old pubs, a museum labyrinth and wry, cutting humour all combine
in this love letter to classic TV police dramas. Harker is a heady mixture of Morse, Columbo, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, with perfectly paced storytelling, exquisitely detailed artwork and brilliant dialogue, exemplified by the chemistry between the grumpy, world-weary Harker and his easy-going, slightly unhinged assistant.
Available from Time Bomb Comics in full colour for the first time, this volume is essential for fans of the crime genre.
Harker has a long history: first self-published by Ariel Comics in individual issues and then later part-reprinted by Titan Comics, it’s been ten years since the award-winning comic by writer Roger Gibson (Torchwood, Gravestown, Mad Girl) and artist Vincent Danks (Doctor Who Magazine, Red Dwarf Magazine) last appeared.
Gibson & Danks are reviving the series through Time Bomb Comics, who are re-publishing the first two Harker graphic novels (The Book of Solomon and The Black Hound) in full colour across four volumes and then continuing the series with brand new adventures in at least two further volumes.
DCI Harker is a homage to the classic tv detectives: he has the shabby dress sense of Columbo, drives a car Morse would love, has the grumpy demeanour of Gene Hunt from Ashes to Ashes, possesses the quirky oddness of Monk and displays the dazzling brilliance of Sherlock Holmes. He’s a classic hard-boiled English copper in his late fifties: moody, antisocial and almost incapable of functioning in the modern-day police force. DS Critchley, his faithful assistant, is his foil – modern and smart with an eye for the girls, but equally strange and eccentric.
Harker writer Roger Gibson said: “It’s a huge opportunity for us – Time Bomb Publisher Steve Tanner recommissioned the series and also asked if we’d like to create some new ones. Vince and I jumped at the chance – Time Bomb has a terrific success rate on Kickstarter and is growing in prominence as a successful publisher, and it gives us the editorial freedom to produce the kind of quality comics that we know readers enjoy. We hope to introduce Harker to both new fans and old alike, filled with that usual mix of amazing, detailed art by Vince and sharp, funny storytelling by me. We’re starting with the Blu-Ray director’s cut of the first two Harker books, in full colour for the first time, with lots more brand new exciting, amusing and highly dangerous adventures to follow!”
Praise for Harker: “Harker’s a great detective thriller with intriguing story, wonderful art, cracking
dialogue and moments of laugh out loud comedy… an absolute triumph of a comic. The first book really does have everything you could ever want in great genre writing.” Forbidden Planet International
Harker: The Book of Solomon – Part One will be available to pre-order on Kickstarter from 1st
August with a release date of 31st October. As with all Time Bomb Comics titles this provides an opportunity to get the book at a pre-order price and with exclusive extras that will only be available through the campaign.
Kickstarter Website link