The Black Beetle, Vol. 1 by Francesco Francavilla

The Black Beetle, Vol. 1

After witnessing an explosion that decimates the city’s organized crime community, killing dozens, the Black Beetle—Colt City’s sleuthing sentinel—is on the hunt for answers and justice! Follow Francesco Francavilla’s critically acclaimed pulp hero as he searches island prisons, dank sewers, and swanky nightclubs for the mysterious man known as Labyrinto.

Details The Black Beetle, Vol. 1

TitleThe Black Beetle, Vol. 1
Release DateAug 27th, 2013
PublisherDark Horse Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Pulp, Mystery, Superheroes, Comic Book

Reviews The Black Beetle, Vol. 1

  • Dan Schwent
    Evildoers in Colt City beware! The city is under the protection of... The Black Beetle! I got this from Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley!Without giving too much away, The Black Beetle is a throwback to the pulps of the 1930's and 40's. While visually he looks like a mix of Batman and Blue Beetle, The Black Beetle most resembles Norvell Page's The Spider in my mind. Or early Batman stories where he gunned people down fairly regularly. He goes out o...
  • Jan Philipzig
    A vigilante hero wearing a beetle-helmet, vicious Nazis, organized crime, night clubs, a damsel in distress, an ancient amulet, black magic, explosions, backpack helicopters... Another homage to the pulps of the 1930's, you get the picture, and Francesco Francavilla ensures that the picture you get is a pretty one indeed. There are many beautiful panel compositions and inventive page layouts to be admired, and if that is all you are looking for i...
  • Jeff
    Harken back to the days of radio serials, when real men tangled with Nazis bent on world destruction, smacked around mobsters, and rescued good looking dames with nice gams. This is an atmospheric throwback to pulp stories of the thirties and forties, without most of the redundancy and camp.The Black Beetle is Colt City’s strong armed sleuth/vigilante; quick on his feet and adept at getting out of the most precarious situations.The artwork is a...
  • Sam Quixote
    Set in the 1940s, a vigilante wearing an insect-like helmet and calling himself the Black Beetle is taking on organised crime and Nazis. That’s pretty much it, and if I don’t seem that interested in the plot, it’s because I’m not. I feel like I’ve read this story at least half a dozen times in the last year or so. Black Beetle is superhero-ish (as in dresses the part but doesn’t have superpowers) noir in the vein of Mike Mignola’s l...
  • David Schaafsma
    The point of this book is nostalgia, to reclaim the Golden Age of comics, to in a sense have you imagine what it might have been like in the forties to invent a superhero to save the day. The Black Beetle is set in 1941, the war years, in the U.S., and further imagined by a wannabe Stan Lee Italian comics guy. The writing isn't good. The dialogue is stilted, nothing is surprising about it at all, it's all canned Golden Age plot and resolution. Th...
  • Sesana
    Stylish and fun, Black Beetle is a pulpy, 40s superhero mystery comic. The title character reads as a tribute to really old Batman stories, when Bruce still carried a gun around. It's a hugely entertaining read, though I felt like the main storyline might have been too short. It was only four issues, and one or two more wouldn't have hurt. That said, I love the art, which reminds me a big of Mignola, and I admire the care that was put into the ti...
  • Ctgt
    Yes, Yes and Yes!Pulpy goodness with FF art! While the story doesn't really break any new ground(yet) the art is just fantastic. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm kind of over the moon with Francavilla and his artwork. I became aware of him several years ago when his name started popping up and loved the work he did on Comic Twart and his gorgeous vintage movie posters. In other words, I'm probably a little biased but if you like artwork with lots ...
  • Travis Starnes
    As the comic moves on to the main story we see that this guy has no luck; he gets blown up, breaks a few ribs, gets saved by uncleared up trash in an alley, tries to break into the predecessor of Alcatraz and gets caught by the guards while the real criminal escapes. I have left out the really good parts from that brief description because I do not want to spoil the story, but I can say that there is a really fun passage of pages where he is sear...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    The Black Beetle (not to be confused with the DC Comics villain) is a pulp noir modern graphic novel by Francesco Francavilla. This volume collects comics 1-4 of the No Way out arc. The story continues in the next arc: Necrologue.The Black Beetle is a 1940s masked superhero somewhat reminiscent of hard boiled superheroes like the Punisher. Although we aren't told much of his background or history (true to the genre), we know he has martial arts t...
  • Wayne McCoy
    In a great homage to pulp heroes, Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle is a cinematic hero in a graphic novel filled with eye popping art. Panels careen around the page. Action swirls amongst sheet music. You can almost envision it as animated.Sometime in the 1940s in Colt City, a masked hero with bulging red goggles and an array of cool gadgets fights crime. His real identity remains a secret, even from the reader. His true face is never seen.As...
  • Paul
    The artwork is phenomenal, and there is a great mix or standard story telling and unique full page spreads. The story is a bit simplistic, but that is standard for a pulp, and also with the limited size of the story (only 4 issues). That being said, there is good suspense elements, gadgetry, sex appeal, and action sequences. there really isn't much that this story misses out on. Definitely a story worth reading, and if you can't wait for the coll...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    I'm really getting into these "masked" hero tales and this one interested me from Dark Horse, a publisher I always seem to be pleased with. This time we are in the time period of the Nazi's but pre-WWII so sometime in the 1930s. The art is absolutely gorgeous. Using techniques of the old 30s/40s movie posters & lobby cards (in fact these have even been added as extras!) the book has a real old-timey pulp look to it and is a visual feast for the e...
  • Rick
    The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out (Dark Horse) collects Francesco Francavilla's brilliant neo-pulp. Clad all in black save for red eyepieces and a red chest insignia, the mysterious Black Beetle battles Nazis, super villains, and even the police on the streets of Colt City, an obvious paean to Will Eisner's Spirit. Drawing inspiration from The Shadow, The Spider, and their ilk plus artists such as Eisner, Alex Toth, and Darwyn Cooke, Francavi...
  • J Perez
    My first introduction to pulp style comics, and I'm VERY impressed by it. The story is a well told classic tale of mystery that introduces the character of Black Beetle like a hero in a black cape wielding a couple of colt .45's, an archetype that feels very familiar (since this is my first pulp, that's just fine by me). But what really puts it way up in my comic list, is the art of Francesco Francavilla wich is just fantastic. If every artist wo...
  • Josh
    I am not familiar with pulps, but I love everything about this title. I read the entire thing in one sitting (a rarity these days), but it wasn't for lack of content. The story moves along quickly without feeling rushed, and at the end I felt excited for future installments, without feeling like I didn't get a complete story. As wonderful as the writing is, I think the art is even better. I rarely noticed panel structure/layout, but here I get th...
  • Rick
    Wonderful stuff! Francavilla has been an artist I've been very interested in for a few years now and The Black Beetle pays off in a big way. A beautiful blend of noir, hard-boiled, pulp adventure and action. Fans of The Shadow, The Spider, The Avenger, The Whisperer, The Phantom Detective and Doc Savage can rejoice as there's a new crime-fighter/adventurer here to fight the forces of crime. I hope for a long and exciting career for Francavilla's ...
  • Stewart Tame
    Excellent and evocative recreation of pulp-era storytelling! This is brand new, but feels classic. Francavilla's artwork evokes Alex Toth and Dan Spiegel among others. We don't learn the Black Beetle's secret identity or anything. He's a masked man with a gun, in the tradition of The Shadow or The Spider or other such heroes of the era. This is only volume one, so there are hints of great things to come. I really like what I've seen of this serie...
  • Joy
    Read in single issues. I heart Francavilla's art and layouts, but the story is a bit humdrum. I like noir, and I liked the way this drew on those familiar hard-boiled tropes, but I really wanted more characterization of the lead. The mystery would have had to be a lot more clever to carry the story on its own.
  • Donald Armfield
    A pulp noir comic. The Black Beetle is outstanding, crawling with action and mystery.A cross between Barman and The Green Hornet comes Francavilla's masterpiece The Black Beetle. Dark Horse comics presents the new mysteries of The Black Beetle coming soon. I'm on stand by.Mission Out!
  • Tyler
    Fantastic book, 100% Francavillian gold. You can check out my review on my site here:
  • Jimmy
    I almost didn’t read this comic book. After all who wants to read a superhero that’s named after a bug (beetle) that I find gross? But the pulp feel of the comics in which the stories takes place in early 1941 and the beautiful colors and artwork that I gleamed from flipping through the book made me reconsider to give this comic book a chance. And boy did the writer and illustrator did not disappoint! I give this work a five out of five since...
  • Hannah
    I’m very happy for Francesco to be doing his own series. I love him as an artist and I think it’s so great he’s fully taking the reins on a story. Personally, I don’t get the greatest kick out of reading pure mystery books but I can appreciate this for what it is -especially because of the gorgeous aesthetic!! It was also kind of cute in a way to read Francesco’s explanations to extra content he added in the back. There was a concise no...
  • Marcus
    I've been a fan of Francavilla ever since I set my eyes on 'Black Mirror'. I love his art and this one is no different. You could put up any page on your wall and it would look great. The layout, the art, the coloring are simply gorgeous. So much that you kind of forgive him a rushed story with conventional elements. Overall is a great book just because it's so beautiful and fun to read.
  • Shawn Manning
    What a great example of modern pulp writing. The writing and art compliment each other wonderfully. I sincerely hope there is more in the series.
  • Oliver Ho
    Solid vintage-style, pulpy action. A good introduction to a longer story.
  • Josie Boyce
    Great pulpy superhero stuff. every page a work of art, just the right tone to be both old fashioned, and a modern pastice/homage to the genre. looking forward to finding more Black Beetle
  • Edlogu
    That comic was so awsome.
  • Sam Quixote
    Set in the 1940s, a vigilante wearing an insect-like helmet and calling himself the Black Beetle is taking on organised crime and Nazis. That’s pretty much it, and if I don’t seem that interested in the plot, it’s because I’m not. I feel like I’ve read this story at least half a dozen times in the last year or so. Black Beetle is superhero-ish (as in dresses the part but doesn’t have superpowers) noir in the vein of Mike Mignola’s l...
  • Justyn Rampa
    So I met Francesco Francavilla at my first and only Comic Con experience at Emerald Con. He was sitting at a table right when I walked in the door and there was an employee trying to get people to get his work signed. It seemed...a little humiliating for him. Additionally, in the state of awe and wonder I was in I got him accidentally confused with Francis Manupal, who was the artist on the New 52 Flash.So I got a signature from Francesco Francav...
  • Gayle Francis Moffet
    A solid pulp story that comes out of the gate swinging and in full regalia, The Black Beetle could shape up to be a lot of fun. Francesco Francavilla both writes and arts for this book that’s set in the fictional port city of Colt City in 1941. In the first arc (which this trade collects, plus an issue #0), our hero goes up against gangsters, a bad guy in some truly ridiculous pajamas, and even a group of Nazi necromancers. It’s a busy life t...