Pulp: A Great Depression Era Crime Story From Brubaker And Phillips Announced

by Olly MacNamee

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the creative team behind such hits as Criminal and My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies are back with an all new graphic novel from Image Comics. Simply called Pulp, it’s another crime centric tale set in the 1930’s. A celebration of pulp fiction, set in a world on the brink.

Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same, when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past? Find out in this must-have thriller from one of comics’ most acclaimed creative teams, perfect for fans of The Fade Out and Criminal.

But why the 30’s and the Great Depression as a backdrop? Brubaker has the answer:

When Sean and I decided to do something completely new for our next original graphic novel, he planted the idea of a Western in my head… And I found myself drawn to the era where that genre first hit big—the pulp magazines and the Great Depression. I thought about all these writers telling fictionalized versions of the vanishing days of the Wild West, as their own world was going through one of its darkest hours… And suddenly I realized I had the makings of a really great pulp story, but one set in the real world. A story that I really wanted to tell.

Pulp will be out Tuesday, May 26 2020.

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