Joe Golem: Occult Detective

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Joe Golem Occult Detective is a standalone novel by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. The first novel in the occult detective series of novels Joe Golem: Occult Detective otherwise known as Rat Catcher was first published 2015. The series of comic books is an adaptation of the story of Joe Golem from the novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Dave Palumbo the Spectrum award-winning painter did the covers while the graphics are by Patric Reynolds. The new series is set in a period before the events of Joe Golem and the Drowning City 40 years post the events of an earthquake that leaves Lower Manhattan under 30 feet of water. The lead protagonist in the series is Joe Golem who is the hero that is on the hut for a terrifying creature that is …show more content…
Joe Golem the lead character sees himself as stalwart, stand up and dogged friend to persons in need. He is just trying to do what he believes is best for those in need and is not your typical arrogant hero who believes he can do anything. Part of his humility comes from the fact that he is constantly trying to define himself, given that he does not have any memories of what his life was like before he met Mr. Church. Nonetheless, he always feels a sense of loss for not having any memories since he is troubled by nightmares that suggest that he might not even be a man let alone a hero. Joe’s is one of the most personable of persons and his name is not an accident. According to Golden, his love for classic films and characters such as Bogart is what led to the character Joe. His melancholic, determined, and quiet demeanor is akin to those old heroes that just want to help if they can and harm no one if they cannot. Joe Golem is a man that has learned that the notion that all men are good is misguided but they just will not stop doing good for the sake of the few that may have that goodness. Even as the stories have a lot of bizarreness, mystery, and evil, at their core they are all about what it means to be human and how we form our …show more content…
Joe is a golem that has been kept alive for centuries by a witch, though he does not know that he is one. His boss Simon who is a combination of a biomechanical and magical detective keeps him in a perpetual state of amnesia. Nonetheless, despite the magical and supernatural angles to his cases, most of the narratives have a 1950s pulp detective fiction feel. The volume has two tales – one of a cursed grimoire of the undead and the other of a water creature that is taking the children of the residents of Lower Manhattan. The golem angle makes this an entertaining noir narrative with a fantasy angle that is a witty and clever nod to the classics. The drowned city angles and the excellent drawings makes for some great atmosphere particularly the decrepit urban landscape depiction. Even as the volume was made to be a bit of a throwback, their innovative take on 1950s pulp fiction is breath of fresh air in the

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