The pleasingly ridiculous Rivers of London continues with Detective Stories, a series set after the events of The Hanging Tree and Black Mould. It’s out now and will be of great interest fans of quirky comics. Set in London where some detectives happen to be wizards, Rivers of London has always featured high levels of dry humour in grim situations. You can see from the covers the various homages to CSI: Miami, Law & Order, The Wire and Luther.

Rivers of London: Detective Stories features self-contained stories of Detective Peter Grant. If you’re not familiar with the previous events it’s a great place to start, and previous fans will be happy to see the high standards of humour and story are maintained. In this episode, a goat has been set on fire in some sort of ritual sacrifice. There’s no accelerant present, so the only logical conclusion is the use of magic (obviously) and we’re soon on the trail of high-priced lawyers, bizarrely decorated houses and some very ambitious spells.

One of the things I like about Rivers of London, besides the humour, the great stories and excellent artwork, is the way it accurately captures the mix of London’s tradition, modern buildings and everyday life (assuming you gloss over the magic). It’s a special skill to make something so outrageous that feels so real.

Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colorist: Luis Guerrero 
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: June 7, 2017
 
The Folly: home of the Long Arm of British Law, but an arm that doesn’t just issue search warrants and handcuff miscreants – it can also launch balls of mystical energy with enough force to knock a villain on his backside.
 
The Folly investigates London’s ‘Falcon’ crimes – those that resign regular cops to night terrors and long, sleepless nights wrestling with their understanding of the cosmos. Its chief investigators are Detective Inspector Thomas Nightingale and PC Peter Grant – a trainee wizard and trainee policeman who is about to undergo the gruelling exams that will make him a Detective in London’s Metropolitan Police Service…
 
COVER A BY MACK CHATER (THE WIRE HOMAGE)
COVER B BY LEE SULLIVAN (CSI: MIAMI HOMAGE)
COVER C BY ANDREA BROCCARDO & BARBARA NOSENZO (LAW AND ORDER HOMAGE)
COVER D BY EMMA VIECELI (NICE GUYS HOMAGE)
COVER E BY CASPAR WIJNGAARD (LUTHER HOMAGE)

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