Staff Picks (September): Hope TP

It was 1996, I was eleven or twelve, and my mother hated accompanying me into our local comic book shop. To avoid the cramped space as much as she could, she wrote a note, letting the nice people who worked there know that I could read whatever I wanted. So I did what any kid with carte blanche to do what they wanted would do.

I read the things I shouldn’t have been reading. Most notably, old issues of Hellblazer.

Thus started a life-long search for comics that are equally as chilling; equally as entertainingly unsettling as that first Jamie Delano run, and the Garth Ennis single issues I picked up after that.

Rebellion’s Hope fits that bill very nicely.

Set in stark, sundrenched post-war Hollywood, Hope tells the story of Mallory Hope, a private investigator who uses magic (for better or for worse), to help him solve the murder of a famed child star. He carries with him a penchant for getting into trouble and the pain that the abuse of magic often brings in tales such as this. As in many urban fantasies, magic comes with a price tag that will set your hair on end.

A swirl of noir and urban fantasy, Hope takes readers from the glitz and glam of Hollywood to its seedy underbelly, detailing the dangers of greed, fame and power.

An engaging mashup of The Fadeout and Hellblazer, Hope is a chilling tale of old Hollywood murder and magic.

Leigh Tyberg

Publisher: Rebellion / 2000AD
Item Code: SEP181943
Release Date: 11/14/18
SRP: $9.99

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