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The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

The Sandman Universe grows as two of its most beloved characters return to the spotlight!

Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine have been detectives for decades – and dead best friends even longer. But their investigation into a Thai American girl’s disappearance from her Los Angeles home puts them on a collision course with new and terrifying ghosts that could give even a dead boy nightmares – including a bloodthirsty krasue. Even scarier than the ghosts? Though neither wants to admit it, the boys might be growing apart. And perilously close by to the boys’ adventure, Thessaly the witch finds herself held hostage by dangerous magics – both a threat to her life and an insult to her ego that simply will not go unanswered… Eisner Award-winning writer PornsakPichetshote (The Good Asian, Infidel) is joined by celebrated artist Jeff Stokely to take the Dead Boys to the scariest place of all: the heart of Hollywood!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
30 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An intriguing and engaging first issue from Pichetshote. As a lover of all things Sandman, the story does a great job of both furthering the adventures of the characters while also introducing these unique characters to new readers. The mystery is unique, entertaining and intense and the first issue has me excited to see where the story goes next and what will happen with its characters. The Art: Stokely brings a unique and visually engaging style to the first issue. The art style is wonderfully detailed and does a great job of setting the tone of the series and its characters.
  • 91


    Written by Pornsak Pichetshote who wrote the award-winning The Good Asian which finished its run last year. This new Dead Boy Detectives story gets off to a brilliant start. Pichetshote does a brilliant job of introducing the two main characters and does a brief recap of their origins in such a way that it does not dominate the rest of the story. So this is a great book for newcomers to be introduced to this world. I also enjoyed the way in which the writer explains the various different kinds of Thai ghosts through Ghost Doctor Dom. Overall. I found this to be a really enjoyable book with some solid art, which while solid and good. Wasn’t really my cup of tea. However, the story and dialogue more than made up for my indifference to the art style.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The Sandman Universe has gone in all sorts of directions in recent years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is its ability to pull in some of the top talent in comics. Former Batman writer James Tynion IV is currently telling a dark tale of the Corinthian, and now acclaimed indie writer Pornsak Pichetshote is making his DC series debut with a revival of one of the quirkiest concepts from the universe—the Dead Boy Detectives, a pair of ghostly English lads who both met their ends at the hands of cultists and now solve crimes from beyond the grave. It’s a very dark concept, of course, and yet Edwin and Charles seem just about as grim as your average boy detectives from an old children’s serial. That’s what makes this book work—as dark as the stories around them seem to be—and they get pretty dark—the boys seem like genuine friends trying to make their way in a strange world.
  • 90

    It's difficult to predict where such an eventful and inventive issue may lead next, but Dead Boy Detectives #1 makes it clear that this series has serious lasting power ahead of it.
  • 85


    Dead Boy Detectives #1 is a fun start to the latest addition of the growing DC Sandman Universe, with an exciting premise and beautiful art, acting as a strong setup for what will clearly be a horrific journey crossing over with the ongoing Nightmare Country series.
  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #1 is a solid opening issue. Seeing favorite characters return is always fun, but when they’re well-written and drawn, and the work honors what came before, I’m automatically left feeling a lot happier. I’m looking forward to #2, and feel very sorry for Thessaly’s captors, when, not if, she finally gets out.
  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Another dark story from a thrilling world, expertly written to give the reader an edge of the seat reading experience.
  • 80

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

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