Murder and Mystery Return with a New Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary

Coming in December is the second volume of Rick Geary’s A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium. Following the success of the first Compendium, the second volume will have almost double the content. The quarter-bound hardcover will feature 400 pages of real murder cases from the Victorian era, 5 complete stories!


First is the tale of The Borden Tragedy where “Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one!” It was recently turned into a movie starring Christina Ricci.
“Geary returns with another typically superlative work…Artfully precise reconstruction…A delight!” Publishers Weekly starred review.

The Mystery of Mary Rogers is an unsolved one. Mary Rogers was a compellingly beautiful lass employed in a cigar store in New York City in the mid-nineteenth century. She had a few suitors. Then, she suddenly disappeared, her body recovered in the Hudson off the Jersey side. The press had a field day with all the possible shocking possibilities. Even Edgar Allen Poe thought to have solved the case and presented that in his tale “The Mystery of Mary Roget.”
“Executed with his customary attention to period detail, cinematic plenitude of points of view, and compositional brio.” -Booklist
“Geary’s retelling is detailed and well researched, and his impressive black-and-white drawings depict Victorian New York with great care.” -Publishers Weekly

In The Saga of the Bloody Benders Geary takes us out to the wild west and the just opened up prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking newly forming towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area. Generally, those who disappear have plenty of cash on them. A delicious tale of a gruesome family fronted by a beguiling lass who led their victims on…
ONE OF THE BEST COMICS OF 2007. Geary is working on a higher plane than just about every other comics creator in the business.” –The Onion
A ‘Comics Worth Reading’ Best Book of 2007
“Just plain old good comic storytelling with juicy subjects”

The Case of Madeleine Smith recalls a scandalous secret affair in 19th century Scotland between an upperclass woman and a gentleman of lower standing ends in his murder by poison…
“Trademark droll counterpointing of narration and image.” –Booklist

The Murder of Abraham Lincoln looks at the most famous assassination of the Victorian era. Geary talks about the sinister plot, the gruesome murder, and the aftermath of the presidential murder.
“Filled with rich detail and told with the tightness of a thriller. Makes for a remarkably entertaining and compact work of historical comix.”
“With his elegant pen-and-ink art and knack for sifting memorable and unusual details from history, Geary renders this familiar true story in riveting and thorough detail.”
Publishers Weekly


This new collection will be available starting in December.  Order now through Diamond Previews or at your local comic book store.

ISBN 9781561639076

Diamond Order Code: OCT141550

A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium I is available now. For more by Mr Geary, see his NBM Author Page. 

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