I often get asked for comic book recommendations. Most people who've not read a comic book since they were youngin's think of capes and tights when the word comic book comes up. Well, if you like superheroes good on you-- I personally don't care for them and prefer something with a bit more characterization (although on this list I will include some superhero titles worth checking out). All this week and possibly into the next I'll be recommending books you should definitely give a look.
One of the best things about going to comic cons is being exposed to a lot of great stuff you might not otherwise have heard of. If a comic con is out of the question for you, might I recommend visiting COMIXOLOGY.com? Yeah you'll have to read your comics digitally but they have a little feature called "guided view" which means every time you tap your screen it takes you to the next panel, making reading on a smaller tablet or even your phone possible.
LOU CALE by Raive & Warn
This imported graphic novel series is being translated and published by Humanoids Books-- good stuff. Here's the description from the publisher;
This pulpy crime saga follows photojournalist Lou Cale from the Big Apple's roughest haunts to the plains of rural America.. PUBLICATION IN 5 VOLUMES - COMPLETED WORK. 1940s' New York. Flashes go off around the city as bodies pile up and local papers battle to feed the public's demand for sensationalism. The one and only Lou Cale is one of these notorious shutterbugs, but Lou also keeps his ear to the ground, often picking up on crime scene details that go unseen by the authorities, and which lead him into his own dogged investigations. From mysterious suicides, scalped corpses and stolen Oriental treasures, to racist hangings and mob assassinations, tough nut Lou fights his way through a bevy of beauties and a whole bunch of crooks, to get to the truth.
The writing is very much of the period they're depicting and the art is nicely done with a photo realistic style that still has style.
Available for free on KINDLE UNLIMITED, in Hardcover, softcover and of course on Comixology.