If you’ve been reading Comicon.com since its beginning, you might be aware that we’re big fans of The Dregs at the site, having reviewed the comic and interviewed the creators on their ambitious, imaginative, and emotive project with Black Mask Studios.
Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, and illustrated by Eric Zawadski, the four issue series is one of the first in contemporary comics to address homelessness by making it a major part of the mystery and sinister plot that central character Arnold confronts.
Set in Vancouver, British Columbia, we witness a gentrified city driving out its homeless population while being segregated into a dangerous district called “The Dregs”. But people are starting to go missing and something truly sinister seems at work if Arnold can only get to the bottom of it.
Drug-addled, homeless, obsessed with detective fiction, Arnold becomes addicted to solving the mystery, too. He’s inspired by Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote on his maze-like quest for truth and justice when those might have vanished as silently as his friends.
The full four issues of the ground-breaking and smart miniseries described as “homeless meta noir” have been collected in a trade edition by Black Mask arriving today, August 30th, 2017.
Here’s an in-depth preview of the excellent work the creators did on this story:
The Dregs TPB arrives in shops today, August 30th, 2017.