Cartoonist Rich Tommaso (Spy Seal, Dick Tracy, Black Hammer) is an all-in-one creator who jumps between genres with ease and an equal spirit of celebration. This September, Image Comics will release a trade paperback collection of his ‘90s noir series Dry County.
I recently finished reading the series and it struck me with a quiet, tonally true commentary on life that fits perfectly with the noir-detective tradition it evokes.
Lou Rossi is a “Generation X slacker” who feels out of step with the rave culture of early-’90s Miami. His life takes a sharp turn when he meets and falls in love with Janet. When she suddenly vanishes, leaving only a cryptic note behind, Lou focuses his entire life on tracking her down, which takes him to some very strange places.
Dry County (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0830-5, Diamond code: JUN180061) hits comic book shops on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th. It can be preordered via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.
“Richly compelling.” —Multiversity Comics
“The best part about DRY COUNTY is…well, everything. The component elements of Tommaso’s new work—the art deco, the pastels, the noir, the unluckiest man in Miami’s paradise—all come together so well, it’s hard to identify any one thing that’s responsible for [its] excellence.” —The Oregonian
“DRY COUNTY has a remarkably addictive quality to it—one you don’t feel creeping up on you. By the time you’ve read the first issue, you’ll certainly read the rest.” —Comicon.com
“DRY COUNTY has both a real sense of place and a strong sense of character that give it depth.” —Uproxx
“DRY COUNTY #1 is unique and refreshing. It has the appeal of an indie comic and the draw, intrigue, and mystery of a crime/detective story.” —Monkeys Fighting Robots