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Sins Of The Black Flamingo #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

OCCULT NOIR. MIAMI SLEAZE. Sebastian Harlow is the Black Flamingo, a flamboyant and narcissistic thief who gets his kicks stealing mystic artifacts from the wealthy and corrupt of Miami’s occult underground. When his latest job leads him to his biggest score so far, the hedonistic outlaw discovers something he wasn’t looking for—something to believe in.

“‘Be Gay, Do Crimes’ as pure pop art. This outlaw occultist queer heist book goes for your throat, your heart, your groin, and your wallet, and will leave you covered in glitter and feathers, absolutely breathless.” —KIERON GILLEN (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, DIE)

“SINS OF THE BLACK FLAMINGO is a drop-dead gorgeous, funny, and sexy book! Within pages you immediately know that Sebastian Harlow is the most exciting new character in years! Dripping with WHEELER’s wit and looking fabulous thanks to stunning work by MOORE and BONVILLAIN, you’re going to want more immediately!” —CHIP ZDARSKY (SEX CRIMINALS, Daredevil)

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
28 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 is a stylish heist story with a heart of gold. With creators who understand what it means to be gay; do crime, this comic fights fascism & looks great doing it.

  • 96

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Cathartic, fun, and constantly surprising, Sins Of The Black Flamingo #1 is a wonderfully unique gem of a comic book and a salve for the burning insanity of our current reality.

  • 95


    Once you put it down, you’ll want to read far more Black Flamingo detective mysteries. Hundreds of years of mysteries and somehow it brings a whole new flavor to the genre. That’s thanks in part to the wildness of Florida, but also to the strong central character and its unabashed approach to the real world and the supernatural. Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 is an intriguing start that feels fresh and isn’t afraid to be genuinely sexy.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 is entertaining and sets up a wild heist scenario sure to have some great complications. Harlow has a lot of attitude which makes this a lively read, and I am already looking forward to more.

  • 90


    Just in time to close out Pride Month, this premiere issue features a queer protagonist (and antagonist) unlike any you’ve encountered before. That breathes fresh air into a Robin Hood-like story of a thief who steal from the rich because the poor have nothing worth taking.

  • 80


    This was a real breathe of fresh air. The premise alone is great fun, supernatural shenanigans in Florida, but throw in an excellent protagonist, and youve got a winner. Did I mention the main character is gay? Nope. Reason being, hes a not a gay character, hes a character who happens to be gay. Hes vain, material, superficial, pessimistic, and cynical, yet you still warm to him. Andrew Wheeler channels Flamingos voice really well, his internal monologuing a real highlight. The story itself is still finding its feet, but theres enough there to make you come back next month. The art, by Travis Moore, is beautiful, making Flamingo look every bit as fabulous as he obviously thinks he looks. Nicely paced, with very nice individual panels throughout the whole issue. Looks as good as it reads.

  • 70

    As far as heist/thief thrillers go, Sins of the Black Flamingo is a mostly average affair. Fortunately, its lead character is dynamite and keeps you more invested than the story might allow, at least initially. As the book starts dipping its toes into the supernatural, it becomes even more compelling.

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