Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the December debut of the Hit: 1955 trade paperback. The collection includes all four issues of the Harvey Award-nominated, gritty crime noir story that explores the darker side of the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1950s. Writer Bryce Carlson teams up with Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer and Harvey Award nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey (The Empty Man) for a story that looks at the twisted history of the LAPD and the policemen who did a little wetwork under the table in the name of cleaning up crime.
“Hit is one of my favorite books we’ve ever published,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Bryce and Vanesa arrived on the comic book scene lightning-fast last year. It was a groundbreaking debut for two creators that took us to Los Angeles in 1950s and delivered a gem of a noir story. This collection is a must-have for fans of beautiful art, great writing, and comics that add a little something new to the industry. Plain and simple, Hit delivers.”
In Hit: 1955, they say the eyes are the window to the soul. You look at Harvey Slater and you’ll see a homicide detective chasing cigarettes with a few fingers of bourbon. You look into his eyes, and you’ll see a hitman who spends his nights making “untouchable” criminals disappear for the Los Angeles Police Department. But all it takes is a blonde bombshell from his past and a crime syndicate trying to muscle in while Mickey Cohen’s in prison to open Slater’s eyes to who he really is. This book collects the complete four-issue limited series, features the never-before-seen prose short story, “Bonnie,” and includes an introduction by American crime author Duane Swierczynski.
Praise for Hit:
“A violent piece of 1950s noir...comics’ next big ‘Hit’.” - USA Today
“Loved Hit...dark, twisted noir.” - Scott Snyder (Batman, Detective Comics)
“Man, this is good stuff… Suspensful and quirky without being hard to read or impenetrable. Art’s great, too!” - Mark Waid (Irredeemable, The Flash)
“Writer Bryce Carlson has a skill for heightened noir dialogue and creates a strong hook...but the main draw of Hit is Vanesa R. Del Rey’s atmospheric, expressive artwork...“ - The A.V. Club
“The story is compelling, the flawed, gruff human at the center of the action is compelling to read and the plot itself feels fresh and new despite the 60-year-old setting. ... This is a fine bit of noir and it makes me itch for more.” - Comic Book Resources
“...one complicated slice of nasty noir during the golden age of Los Angeles...” - Newsarama
“Thanks to a fresh approach to the detective genre and great art, Hit #1 really packs a wallop. Looks like BOOM! Studios has another hit on their hands. Pun intended.” - IGN
“...Hit gets at the heart of what makes noir so compelling, and plays out the formula in all its glory.” - Multiversity
“The story is compelling and keeps you engrossed, living up to its name many times in the first issue alone.” - Graphic Policy
“Carlson and Del Rey have put together a book that captures a long-past era, but still manages to feel fresh and new, while containing many of the conventions that make stories like this so compelling in the first place.” - The MacGuffin
“Sometimes you just need a meat-and-potatoes detective pulp story to just immerse yourself into, and Hit is perfect for that.” - All-Comic
“It’s clear that a lot of research and love for the crime genre went into this project, and it shows.” - Comic Bastards
The Hit: 1955 trade paperback arrives in comic book shops on December 10th with a cover by series artist Vanesa R. Del Rey for the price of $14.99.