Synopsis: Set in a Neo-Victorian London. Saxon’s second hand books follow the adventures of paranormal investigator Donald Arthur Saxon.
Donald Arthur Saxon owns a book store that deals in second hand books. The only problem is. The store is located in a part of London where barely anyone knows how to read. Indeed, in the two years that he has been operating. Donald has only sold about 20 books. Thankfully, Donald has an interesting sideline as a paranormal investigator. A trade in which he has a unique insight. Insight, which serves him well when he is hired by the recently widowed Charlotte Thompson. So, begins the beginning of a partnership as Donald and Charlotte team to investigate London’s ghost problem.
Gustaffo Vargas does some great work in this first issue of what will be a five-issue run. His period drawings of London’s streets look pretty accurate as did the fashions that the people wore in the 1870s. I particularly enjoyed the colour choices that were used for the various ghost characters. Which include Donald Saxon’s ghostly partner. Indeed, it is a fun reveal when we finally get let in on Donald’s insights.
‘Saxon’s Second Hand Books’ is the end result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Writer Ash Deadman does a great job of introducing readers to the mysterious world of Donald Saxon and his paranormal sideline. The artwork is solid throughout the book as is the story. Indeed, in some ways. This book reminded me of the classic TV series ‘Randall and Hopkirk Deceased’, which was set in the 1970s. However, in this instance, the story is set in the 1870s.
My only criticism of this book was that the text was a little on the small side and when at times when the thought bubbles changed color. It became harder to read. Especially during the sequence where the events of Donald’s investigation are being recapped from his ghostly brother’s point of view. Thankfully, this is only an issue with the print version and isn’t so bad on the digital edition.
That one gripe aside. This is a promising start to what I hope will be a good five-issue run. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the Kickstarter for further issues.