Created by Chris Wisnia
Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, crotch-scratching DICK HAMMER is a private skulk working the web comic mean streets of Crude Bay, Southern California.
Yeah, Crude Bay.
But just because artist/writer/creator Chris Wisnia apparently has his tongue wedged firmly in his cheek most of the time doesn't mean he doesn't know what he's doing.
In fact, he betrays a great feel and obvious affection for the genre; a sort of gritty, 1970s-era down-and-dirty urban vibe (complete with suspicious men in Ford Torinos). Sure, Dick is defiantly (and perhaps, predictably) politically incorrect; and sometimes the gags may seem decidedly adolescent, but trust me: this is the real deal.
There's a spareness to the cityscapes, and the occasionally rough, sketchy feel of the art suggests nothing so much as yesterday's litter blowing down the sidewalk, adding to the brooding, world-weary sense of cynicism and regret at play here. In the first sprawling story arc (done in daily strip format, albeit posted only weekly) Dick goes to the aid of a good (ie: wealthy") client who's just had the crap beat out of him by his mistress. But the client wants her back -- preferably without his wife finding out. Toss in (like the blurbs say) "Hard-boiled Suspense! Crime and Murder! Amnesia!" and season with "Mystery! Unlikely Coincidence! Lurid Romance! Brutal Action!" and you've got all the pulpy goodness that private eye dreams are made of.
- "One Pill, One Bullet" (December 17, 2006- May 22, 2007)
- "My Pistol Weeps" (May 29, 2007- August 22, 2007)
- "Death on the Rocks, No Chaser" (August 24, 2007-January 14, 2008)
- "Burning Slugs, Cold Heart" (January 16, 2008 -- )
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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