Published on: November 7th, 2006
Written by: B. Clay Moore
Art by: Steven Griffin, Nick Derington
Image Comics, 152 Pages
After reading the first volume of Hawaiian Dick, I had to quickly jump into the second.
This one picks up right where the last one left off but it gives us a new case with new characters and new situations. It further expands on the mythos that was created in the first Hawaiian Dick story – showcasing 1950’s Hawaiian culture, noir and supernatural elements.
As much as I enjoyed the first entry into this series, this one was a step above it. It revolves around the Italian and Irish crime families who have come to Hawaii in order to develop casinos. Of course, we quickly find out that these two crime families are at odds with one another and Byrd, the main character, gets caught up in the middle along with his two sidekicks.
The storytelling and art continue to be as good, if not slightly better than the preceding volume. It was just a thoroughly enjoyable arc in this comic series.
I hope that Moore and Griffin find a way to keep Hawaiian Dick going for a long time, despite the fact that it looks like it’s over. The third tale was never released in a collected volume, so to read it, I’ll have to track down and piece together all the issues. Also, nothing has been released after that, which is pretty sad because Hawaiian Dick is fantastic.
Pairs well with: The other Hawaiian Dick collected editions.