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What truly lurks in the Outer Dark? A chilling new adventure unfolds as Joe Golem investigates the kidnapping of a Conjurer and the strange men who took him. Aided by the victim's ward, a spunky teenage girl, the detective soon finds that otherworldly forces are at work. The only way to stop the madman behind the kidnapping and occult activities is to locate a strange objec What truly lurks in the Outer Dark? A chilling new adventure unfolds as Joe Golem investigates the kidnapping of a Conjurer and the strange men who took him. Aided by the victim's ward, a spunky teenage girl, the detective soon finds that otherworldly forces are at work. The only way to stop the madman behind the kidnapping and occult activities is to locate a strange object known as Lector's Pentajulum. But how can they locate it, who else is trying to track it down, and how can it save both them and the city? Collects Joe Golem: Occult Detective--The Drowning City #1-#5 and bonus material


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What truly lurks in the Outer Dark? A chilling new adventure unfolds as Joe Golem investigates the kidnapping of a Conjurer and the strange men who took him. Aided by the victim's ward, a spunky teenage girl, the detective soon finds that otherworldly forces are at work. The only way to stop the madman behind the kidnapping and occult activities is to locate a strange objec What truly lurks in the Outer Dark? A chilling new adventure unfolds as Joe Golem investigates the kidnapping of a Conjurer and the strange men who took him. Aided by the victim's ward, a spunky teenage girl, the detective soon finds that otherworldly forces are at work. The only way to stop the madman behind the kidnapping and occult activities is to locate a strange object known as Lector's Pentajulum. But how can they locate it, who else is trying to track it down, and how can it save both them and the city? Collects Joe Golem: Occult Detective--The Drowning City #1-#5 and bonus material

30 review for Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 3: The Drowning City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Now that's more like it! This was a fantastic volume with an adventure that directly revolves around the main characters and builds upon their foundation, and the artist change added a bit more energy and spark to the way the book looks and feels. Now Joe Golem is truly on a roll, and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next volume. Now that's more like it! This was a fantastic volume with an adventure that directly revolves around the main characters and builds upon their foundation, and the artist change added a bit more energy and spark to the way the book looks and feels. Now Joe Golem is truly on a roll, and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next volume.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This is a little different in that it's an adaptation of the novel that inspired the comic, Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel. Originally this was a stand alone novel with illustrations from Mike Mignola. This is also just the first half of the novel, with the remainder in Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 4: The Conjurors. This is very decompressed and moves slower than the other Joe Golem comics I've read. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts ar This is a little different in that it's an adaptation of the novel that inspired the comic, Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated Novel. Originally this was a stand alone novel with illustrations from Mike Mignola. This is also just the first half of the novel, with the remainder in Joe Golem: Occult Detective, Vol. 4: The Conjurors. This is very decompressed and moves slower than the other Joe Golem comics I've read. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my won and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jesa Burgoyne

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  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    As incomplete as the hero's memories. As incomplete as the hero's memories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Review is for all 4 collected volumes of the graphic adaptation of the novel. I went in blind based on the name 'Mignola', who has never disappointed. You won't be either. Climb on and go for the ride through a fantastical yet comfortable location, with new yet familiar characters, and original yet recognizable villains. Review is for all 4 collected volumes of the graphic adaptation of the novel. I went in blind based on the name 'Mignola', who has never disappointed. You won't be either. Climb on and go for the ride through a fantastical yet comfortable location, with new yet familiar characters, and original yet recognizable villains.

  6. 4 out of 5

    OmniBen

    (Zero spoiler review) 3.5/5 When I opened the book, with some anticipation, mind, to start the next arc of this story, I actually let out a verbal cry when I saw the art team had been changed. With a grim look on my face and sinking feeling in my stomach, I turned the page, vainly hoping to not be disappointed. Sadly, disappointment is exactly what I felt. I was utterly transfixed with the Joe Golem series up to this point, although now it has gone from magnificent to middling with the space of a (Zero spoiler review) 3.5/5 When I opened the book, with some anticipation, mind, to start the next arc of this story, I actually let out a verbal cry when I saw the art team had been changed. With a grim look on my face and sinking feeling in my stomach, I turned the page, vainly hoping to not be disappointed. Sadly, disappointment is exactly what I felt. I was utterly transfixed with the Joe Golem series up to this point, although now it has gone from magnificent to middling with the space of a page. What's even sadder, the writers, for whatever reason, have decided to turn in their weakest work here as well. It would be easy to blame my newfound apathy at the sense of resentment I now feel at having such a fundamental and outstanding part of this story change. A shrewd observation, no doubt. Although that fails to take into account the objective facts regarding the story. Where once we had tightly honed dialogue and captivating premises to drag the story forward. Now we have flimsy premises and contrivances. Where characters seemed lifelike, with a firm sense of presence, they now feel like caricatures of themselves, lacking the weight and depth they previously had. Where we had a tightly honed narrative, with little fat to spare, we have panels of filler, and a dash of weak, super villain fodder. I challenge you to compare Dr. Cocteau from volume 2 to volume 3 and tell me he isn't neutered and bland. I fell in love with these characters when drawn by Patric Reynolds and coloured by Dave Stewart. Peter Bergting isn't a bad artist by any means. In different circumstances, I may even have liked his art. But what we have here is the equivalent of Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard being replaced by a fat, loud and brash black woman. Joe Golem looks and act's like he does with the original creative team. I just can't get behind this at all. As an aside, there was a rise in quality from issue one of this arc to the rest. I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision from all involved. But the art and writing in issue one was diabolically average. I'm glad for the improvement, even if I still don't care for it that much. Still a decent series overall, but the magic is well and truly gone. Hopefully this can shuffle over the line in the final arc with its head held (somewhat) high. 3.5/5 OmniBen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bill Coffin

    More of the same as Joe grinds towards discovering who he is. Now, the story has advanced several years, replacing his old love interest with a tough street urchin who's more sidekick than anything else. The further details on Joe's history are compelling, but we have a hard time caring all that much about any of these characters. It feels like tan alternate-dimension Mignola visited ours to publish these stories and then bolt. They're good, but just don't bring a whole lot new to the table. Ala More of the same as Joe grinds towards discovering who he is. Now, the story has advanced several years, replacing his old love interest with a tough street urchin who's more sidekick than anything else. The further details on Joe's history are compelling, but we have a hard time caring all that much about any of these characters. It feels like tan alternate-dimension Mignola visited ours to publish these stories and then bolt. They're good, but just don't bring a whole lot new to the table. Alas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Ducote

    I preferred Patric Reynolds’s work in Vol 1 and 2, and the writing in this volume felt redundant. Cover art still stunning! I preferred Patric Reynolds’s work in Vol 1 and 2, and the writing in this volume felt redundant. Cover art still stunning!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Maielli

    this one is finally promising on the premise of the story and characters, which is less surprising when you find out that its technically (the first half of) a comic adaptation of a novel. Pacing on the previous stories is so off it’s annoying that they wasted so much time to get to the good stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    Very good. The malevolent occultist Cocteau plots to contact the forces dwelling in the Outer Dark, which of course, will not go well. Joe and a young girl set out to investigate. Things do not go well but they do go weird.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The_J

    Continues a watery Noir, but forced.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Egert

  13. 5 out of 5

    ThomRo_BE

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  15. 4 out of 5

    MADAFAKA

  16. 5 out of 5

    Reija Karvonen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Damian Mxyzptlk

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate Huddleston

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nebojša V.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Sunderland

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tater

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom Ewing

  26. 5 out of 5

    eris23

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Grimsley

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