Synopsis: Times Square, 1986: the home of New York’s red light district where strip clubs, porno theatres and petty crime prevails.
When a chance encounter for Peepbooth worker Roxy Bell leads to the brutal murder of a public access pornographer, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner Nick Zero soon find themselves under fire from criminals, cops, and the city elite, as they begin to untangle a complex web of corruption leading right to city hall.
Like The Naked City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one of them.
Review: Peepland is part of the new Hard Case Crime Imprint from Titan comics, and is set in the mid 1980s in New Yorks Time Square.
Much of the action takes place at a Peep Show where Roxy Bell works.
When Dick Derbin drops off a video at her booth and winds up getting thrown in front of a train. Roxy is immediately one of the first people the police interview with regards to the whereabouts of the tape and the murder of Derbin.
The first issue sets up the murder and the beginnings of the police investigation. As well as establishes Roxy as your stereotypical tart with a heart.
The story by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips is no nonsense crime noir and the setting of Time Square and the Peep Show makes for both a romanticised and seedy atmosphere.
The artwork from Andrea Camerini compliments the story perfectly and she has sneaked in a few clever eighties references. One panel in particular features an ALF cuddly toy being passed to someone. As a fan of ALF. I was kind of thrilled to see that. The writers also included a fun reference to the late Charles Bronson who was big news at the time for the ‘Death Wish’ movies.
There are six covers to choose from. All of which show off a different side to the world of Peep Show. But my favourite has to be cover B by Mack Chater.
The world of Peepland is very adult by nature. So I’d not recommend this book for younger readers.
Peepland goes on sale today and is a promising start to what could be an interesting look at crime in the mid 1980s.
- Art Work9.5