‘Dying Is Easy’ Review: Joe Hill’s New Murder Mystery Comic Starts off with a Bang

Collider | 12/9/2019 | Dave Trumbore
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Joe Hill knows his way around a comic book. So do the folks at IDW. The two have famously collaborated on a number of projects, past, present, and future, including the acclaimed Locke & Key. Now, the acclaimed author and the maverick comics publisher are teaming up once again for an all new series: Dying Is Easy. And they’ve done a bang-up job so far.

Decidedly different from the magical mayhem of Locke & Key, Dying Is Easy centers on Syd “****-Talk” Homes, a disgraced ex-cop, bitter stand-up comic and wanted felon who finds himself in quite the tight spot. How he got there is the subject of the first issue, and how he gets himself out of it will be the story told over the five parts, in total. But as Hill himself revealed in our recent interview for the comics’ launch, the clues are there for savvy readers to try and piece together along the way.

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And while that’s certainly a fun factor in reading Dying Is Easy, you don’t need to be a super sleuth to enjoy the story as it unfolds. In fact, the joy is in reading Hill’s words and taking in the noir sensibilities delivered by artist Martin Simmonds as you get to know Homes, his hard-luck story, and his equally down-on-their-luck counterparts. Homes’ isn’t exactly booking million-dollar gigs as a stand-up comedian, but a tragic incident keeps him from picking up his gun and badge ever again. So...
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