Preview Reviews: Classic Detectives Returning to Comics

We are excited to bring you this special edition of Preview Reviews.

Typically in this column we bring you advanced reviews of comics that are coming out this week. The two books we are reviewing are a little further off in release date. As we mentioned earlier in New Number Ones, this is a fairly light week on new debuts, and we decided to do something different.

Both of the books that we previewed are coming out soon, but they have something else in common. They both are led by classic detective characters that helped to shape what detective stories are meant to be. Mad Cave Studios is reviving Dick Tracy for comic books, and Tripwire Magazine’s Joel Meadows is making his comic book writing debut with a brand new Sherlock Holmes story.

Please enjoy these reviews and then be sure to check out the comics when they come out. You can find these books at your LCS or wherever you buy books.

Also the rest of the #NewNumberOnes for the week are here.

Dick Tracy #1
Mad Cave Studios
Written by Alex Segura & Michael Moreci
Art by Geraldo Borges
Colors by Mark Englert
Creative Consultant: Chantelle Aimée Osman
Letters by Jim Campbell
Editor: Chas! Pangburn
Cover Art by Borges

Release Date: April 24, 2024

Original Solicitation:


A new era for the iconic detective starts here, from bestselling and acclaimed authors Alex Segura and Michael Moreci, as an all-new, noir-infused chapter in the Dick Tracy legacy kicks off with superstar artist Geraldo Borges.
In the aftermath of World War II, the country stands frozen–waiting for the next shoe to drop. In The City, a brutal murder draws the attention of rising star detective Dick Tracy, who soon discovers the bloodshed is just the beginning of a complicated web that threatens to ensnare everything he cares about.

Blending the classic elements of the Dick Tracy world (including his iconic villains, supporting cast, and unforgettable watch radio) with a hardboiled and realistic take, DICK TRACY #1 kicks off a fresh and modern take on the iconic detective that remains true to his rich history.

PCS Review:

One of the world’s most famous gumshoes returns to comics for the first time in six years and we are excited for it. As creative consultant Chantelle Osman stated, “This is not your grandfather’s Dick Tracy,” but that is ok with me.

The discerning eye can tell just how hard everyone involved in this project has worked to get this right, and it feels like they pulled it off. The story has a terrific pacing with short two or three page scenes that are jam packed with pertinent action. Geraldo Borges art is stunning. It feels like what should happen if you adapted Chester Gould’s original character into a 2020’s style comic book. Special recognition should be given to Jim Campbell. His lettering in this book is a masterclass in how to control the voice of a comic book.

The book is a high quality hard boiled detective story with all the earmarks that have made Dick Tracy a household name for nearly a century. We are looking forward to more and hope it maintains the high bar that issue #1 has set.

Sherlock Holmes and the Empire Builders: The Gene Genie, Vol. 1
Tripwire Comics Presents
Written by Joel Meadows
Art by Andy Bennett
Letters by Bennett
Editor Jeff Mariotte
Cover Art by Mark Chiarello

Release Date: March 6, 2024

Original Solicitation:

Tripwire launches its Tripwire Comics Presents imprint with the first volume of its Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders The Gene Genie graphic novel under two exclusive covers. Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders is an epic alternate world sci fi adventure featuring The World’s Greatest Detective as people have never seen him before.

When Watson leaves Holmes to help Crick unravel the DNA helix and finds himself in the employ of England’s most evil man, Holmes is forced to team up with an unlikely group to defeat this monstrous figure and return England to its status quo.

As well as a 64 page full-length comic story, Sherlock Holmes and The Empire Builders The Gene Genie Volume One will also include an 8 page colour section featuring art by the likes of Liam Sharp, Bill Sienkiewicz, Shawn Martinbrough and Barry Kitson and interviews with the series creators as well as character sketches by Bennett and script pages by the writer.

PCS Review:

This graphic novella is definitely a fun read. Joel Meadows has crafted a very interesting story and Andy Bennett delivers a compelling visual narrative in this book. The story brings a retired Sherlock Holmes back into the game and has much of the feel of classic Holmes mystery.

This first volume brings the reader through a coincidental series of events that result in a massive plot twist. We don’t want to share too much of the plot, but it is really well thought-out and executed. Meadows use of dialogue and pacing are impressive, and Bennett’s page layout and panel structures are top notch. We certainly enjoyed this story and look forward to what unfolds in Volume Two of this series.

Also, we interviewed writer Joel Meadows about this book last year, you can check out that interview here.