A crime thriller set in the days before, during, and following hurricane Katrina, DARK RAIN: A New Orleans Story by Mat Johnson and artist Simon Gane is on sale in comic book stores now and will be available at bookstores tomorrow.
Here's what the critics are saying:
"Alternately funny and moving, but always focused on a very sharp but simple story. . . . More than a couple of moments . . . almost brought tears to my eyes. In the end the book is very optimistic, offering hope to those who choose to do the right thing." -HUFFINGTON POST
“Johnson's masterful tale of loss and redemption is a real treat. Read and savor it before some sharp Hollywood producer makes a movie out of this rich gumbo of characters whose humanity and dignity fuel their fight for survival. Gane's deceptively lithe art captures action and emotion with wit, grit and grace.”
–THE MIAMI HERALD
"Captures images of Katrina more vividly than CNN dared at the time. . . . DARK RAIN is the story of two men fighting the elements and their own past. Much more than the story of a bank heist, DARK RAIN is a 21st century parable told in words and pictures.” –CRIMESPREE Magazine
“A pretty ripping heist/caper story. . . . A really well-crafted story. This is a movie waiting to happen. . . Simon Gane’s art captures both the majesty and little moments that a great director might.” –UNDER THE RADAR
"After reading DARK RAIN, I can honestly say that Mat Johnson has become one of my favorite comics writers. INCOGNEGRO wowed me a couple of years ago, and DARK RAIN is equally impressive. ... Johnson draws both the good and bad of the post-Katrina landscape in his characters, while Simon Gane's pen and ink artwork enhances the story without ever overpowering it." -LARGEHEARTED BOY
"DARK RAIN manages to entertain and inform about the human condition -- it's a well-grounded look at the different ways humans react to situations. Simon Gane's art is a perfect accompaniment to Mat Johnson's tale." –WESTWORD (Denver)
And THE RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER features and interview with Simon and Mat. Read it here.