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You Can’t Do That, Warden! It’s a Crime Scene!

Detective Linda Caruso’s job is usually a piece of cake. She works in Mariposa County’s Jail Crimes Division. Her cases are usually pretty cut and dried. That also  means that she’s usually bored out of her mind. After failing the detective’s examination as a deputy, she was railroaded into taking a position in Jail Crimes. 

Dead Inside #1 is a familiar feeling story of a broken down detective in a dead end job. Caruso is recently divorced and drinks more than she probably should. She fits the archetype further by having absolutely no clue when it comes to office politics. Her social game is defective, but easily relatable.

A Big Cover Up

When Caruso has to investigate a murder suicide at Bennett Pen, it doesn’t take long for her to realize this case is different. In a very short period of time, she has enough evidence to close the case, but something about the case is off. It’s too easy. It appears that someone is pulling strings to make sure that Caruso doesn’t get more than a cursory look at any of the evidence. She runs into solid brick walls any time she tries to dig any deeper. She is being seemingly directed by an unseen agency.

Artwork by Toni Fejzula is instantly recognizable. Fejzula’s clean lines, deep textures, and unique angles underscore the oddity and gruesome nature of Arcudi’s script. Andre May’s color choices work well and add to the underlying tension throughout the chapter.

Dead Inside is aimed at fans of crime procedurals, noir, mystery, and prison drama. Think CSI mashed up with Columbo and Wentworth. There’s also a hint of horror thrown in for good measure.


Dead Inside #1, Dark Horse Comics, Release date December 21, 2016, Written by John Arcudi, Art by Toni Fejzula, Colors by Andre May, Cover by Dave Johnson, $3.99

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Written by Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? Yep! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. His kids think he's Batman, and he just may be.