- Series: Dick Tracy (Book 21)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631407945
- ISBN-13: 978-1631407949
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Volume 21 Hardcover – January 10, 2017
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About the Author
The son of a newspaperman, Chester Gould was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma in 1900. He produced a pair of forgettable comic strips before creating “Plainsclothes Tracy” — changed to “Dick Tracy” — in 1931, and continued as its mastermind for an astonishing 46 years, until his retirement in 1977.
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By this time, Gould, though still talented, often seemed to go through the motions. These years though, things pick up and it feels a lot more like the Tracy of the 40s.
The 52 Gang- 4 stars. As much as some disliked the space era, I felt the space coupe to be a fun concept. The space ship allows for some very creative murders. (Though, I'm not a big fan of how Gould slams NASA,) Tracy has a lot more agency here in this book than past years where he just seemed to be playing clean-up for the villains once their stories ran out. We get to see him infiltrate an isolated villain stronghold and there's a very violent climax.
Thistle Dew and Uncle Punky- 3 stars. The most traditional story here, but it is a lot of fun and lacks some of the pacing problems Gould had at the time. Thistle Dew is one Gould's more interesting character designs. The ending is a bit abrupt, though.
The Palette Brothers- 4 stars. Yeah, the chimp in this is too close to the monkey from the recent Brush storyline, but it is handled better. The Palette Brothers don't stand out, but Gould's criticism of modern art, their impressive mountain hideout, and the big action scene make this story work.
Small-Mouth Bass and Olga- 4 stars. One of Gould's most unique stories predicting the heart transplant before it even happened with a solid conclusion.
Moon Maid- 2 stars. I'm not anti-Moon Maid, I'm just not a big fan of non-crime stories that are humor-heavy. The story drags and Junior's relationship with Moon Maid is rushed and forced. (It does amuse me that conservative Gould had the moon people have the Bible in English.)
As noted, we are introduced to the latest invention of Diet Smith Industries- the atomic powered Space Coupe, which uses magnetism (he who controls magnetism, controls the world!") to propel itself, even into space.
However, after showing off the Space Coupe to Tracy, the Coupe and its inventor/pilot are kidnapped by a sinister group of individuals, who are all hooded! They soon force the Space Coupe to dump a body into orbit and soon use it to go after other international foes of crime. We soon learn that the gang is the international syndicate known as the the 52 Gang, as all the members are noted by cards, and all wear black hoods that entirely cover the heads and upper bodies.
Retreating to their lair on the top of a mesa, the plot new crimes, but Tracy is working to find them. Soon discovered, Tracy drops in by parachute and replaces a gang member and works to undermine the group. He succeeds in grabbing the ringleader, "Ace of Spades" and takes off in the Space Coupe. They soon are able to return to clean up the gang, but things don't turn out well for the gang.
Next up is another story that more focuses on Junior. He is being targeted by Uncle Punky and his niece Thistle Dew, as Junior sketch of Thistle's father send him to the chair. They use the a bizarre woman to get his picture, then have Thistle try to seduce Junior, which seems to work, before kidnapping him. Before they can kill him, he escapes and they are on the lamb and must contact an underworld lawyer thru a raven for help!
The Space Coupe is back as Diet Smith takes BO and family on a trip back to BO's old stomping ground near a place called "Slingshot Mountain". But Sparkle is kidnapped and they find a false tomb in the nearby cemetery. They soon learn the Sparkle has been kidnapped by a chimp (or ape) named "Li'l Dropout" owned by a pair of artist painters named the Palette Twins. They are residing in the hollowed out mountain, which has a secret entrance in the cemetery! We later learn it was hollowed out as a fort/prison during the Civil War, and further that there is more to these artists then meets the eye!
A bizarre package found in a bus locker containing a still living human heart kicks off the next story, which deals with illicit operations and organ snatching.
And the Moon Maid is introduced! On a mission to the Moon, she stowed away. She is childlike, with horns and had thermal and laser powers. She does help save a mother and her newborn child. She doesn't know English. Yet. And Junior is smitten with her.
What will happen next with these 2? I happen to know, but look forward to seeing it turn out.
Clearly we will have more of the Moon, the Space Coupe, as well as more down to earth villains in the next volume.
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1) 52 Gang. In which the Space coupe is introduced only to get sequestered along with its inventor by a marauding...Read more