Dick Tracy Forever #1, IDW Publishing

A stylish neo-noir thriller, Dick Tracy Forever #1 (IDW Publishing) delivers the knockout action and pulpy dialogue from the iconic police detective! Created by Chester Gould in 1931, Dick Tracy transcends time and space in this vivid and eye-popping reboot!

Dick Tracy is Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at law and order are met with crime and chaos, in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era or incarnation.

Here are 5 reasons why you should get Dick Tracy Forever #1:

5) The History!

Though I wasn’t familiar with the comic strip at first, I became interested in the yellow trench-coat wearing detective after watching Warren Beatty’s cinematic adaptation. This was a comic book movie that had an all-star legends cast, featuring A Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Kathy Bates. It was a visual marvel that made me want to read the comic afterwards. 

4) The Writing!

Writer/artist Michael Avon Oeming does a great job delivering various police procedurals in different decades. Even when Tracy is on a romantic date with Tess Trueheart, he is dedicated to the job and obsessed with laying down the law. In a futuristic tale, Oeming does a fantastic job of putting Tracy smack-dab in the middle of a high speed chase. Shawn Lee’s lettering captures Tracy’s grumbling narration in thought balloons and the old-school phrases, such as “Dangnabbit.”

3) The Artwork!

Oeming does a a great job with Tracy’s facial ticks and expressions. In three panels, Tracy stays silent as his emotions run from anger to acceptance. I love how there is an entire splash page dedicated to a cheeky crossword puzzle.

2) The Colors!

Colorist Taki Soma captures the old-school feel of police procedurals, such as The Naked City. Tracy starts off with a brown trench coat and matching fedora hat. The iconic yellow trench coat returns in the climatic third act and the entrance is quite memorable.  

1) A Fantastic Read!

A hard-hitting first installment Dick Tracy Forever #1 is a highly satisfying police drama. A fun rebirth for new readers, the Dick Tracy series continues to be a perfect blend of crime and police procedural.



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Dick Tracy Forever #1 arrives in stores on April 24th, 2019.

By Jorge Solis

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