The Case of the Missing Men

The Case of the Missing Men
Kris Bertin
Alexander Forbes
ISBN 978-1-77262-016-0
5.5×8.5 inches, 304 pages, b/w, trade paperback, $20

November 2017


Nancy Drew meets David Lynch in this mystery thriller set in a remote and eerie east-coast village. The story follows a gang of young teens who have made it their business to investigate each and every one of their town’s bizarre occurrences as The Teen Detective Club (a registered afterschool program). Their small world of missing pets and shed-fires is turned upside down when real-life kid adventurer and globetrotter Sam Finch comes to town and enlists them in their first real case—the search for his missing father. In doing so, he and the teens stumble upon a terrifying world of rural secret societies, weird-but-true folk mythology, subterranean lairs, and an occultist who can turn men into dogs. The Case of The Missing Men is at turns funny, intriguing, eerie and endearing, and is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s pulp classics like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

“Kris Bertin’s stories are a revelation, a triumph — each stamped with the mark of a new and rising genius” — David Adams Richards

The Case of the Missing Men is an amazing collaboration, unlike anything I have ever seen or read before.  Bertin and Forbes, friends for most of their lives, share a vision that is precise but uncanny, scary, yet utterly and disturbingly clear. The story is full of suspense and uncertainty — a true mystery — and it will push you forward and keep you flipping even as each one of these images forces you to slow down and appreciate the craft, the timing, the level of detail and care. Every panel frames an entire world and holds it for one second. As readers, we’re lucky this book exists.” — Alexander MacLeod

“There’s a full TV season worth of plot here, but plot isn’t really the point. It’s Bertin’s confident, idiosyncratic tone and Forbes’ small, unnerving, almost Jack Chick–like art that makes this such a weirdly warmhearted nightmare.” –Booklist (Starred Review) 

Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes are childhood friends who trained in separate disciplines in order to reunite as adults and make comic books. Alexander Forbes is an artist and graduate of NSCAD, and Kris Bertin is the author of the short story collection Bad Things Happen (Biblioasis 2016). They are both from Lincoln, New Brunswick, and both live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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