Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks has been out in book form for a week now, and response continues to be strong. Thanks to everyone who has tweeted at us or messaged to say they were reading and/or finished and liked it.

Given that it's new comics day, if you're heading into the store to pick up your books--perhaps United States of Murder Inc. #3 or the Rocket Girl trade paperback--then consider adding mine and Dan Christensen's comic to your pile. 

Don't take my word for it? Listen to these guys.

Forces of Geek gave the book a 7.5 out of 10. I'll take it!

Jamie S. Rich has penned an intriguing guessing game as each turn of the page made me crave the end game even more. There are several subplots that aren’t too heavy and fit in nicely with the overall theme of the story. Dan Christensen’s black and white artwork was simple and effective in illustrating this noir tale.

One, Two, Kapow at First Appearance Comics & Games gives us 4/5. Closing in the gap!

Otherwise the story is fantastic and will keep you guessing about Archer’s sanity until the end.  Christensen’s art is a perfect complement for the story as I loved his minimalistic pencils.  Keeping it black and white was a great choice for the noir feel of the story. I truly hope the creators have something else planned for Archer as he is a fantastic new character who you could see having many mire adventures.

We also get 4 out of 5 from the Itinerant Librarian.

This is a pretty good noir mystery. The story reveals layers and layers of depth; it may seem a bit convoluted as it can be a bit difficult to keep track of some of the events and flashbacks. Did such and such really happen? However, I think that is all part of the mystery, a way to leave the reader wondering a bit, maybe unsettle the reader a bit as Archer is unsettled in the story. The volume offers some nice and simple art in black and white.

And for those of you who like process, here's a treat. A reference photo I sent Dan for the nightclub scenes, a shot of Peter Lorre in The Black Angel I grabbed off the DVD.

Current Soundtrack: Lily Allen, "Bass Like Home" [free download details]; Lana Del Rey, "Born to Die"