This week's cover is a doozy. We have Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden's Joe Golem and the Drowning City, which looks to be the start is a new series by the duo ala the Baltimore: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire novel of a couple years ago also illustrated by Mignola. If you're a fan of Mignola's art than you will obviously be a fan of Joe Golem. If you're a Steampunk fan this may work for you as well. Regardless, I'll be checking it out as the blurb alone catches me.
Fifty years have passed since earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the drowning city. Among them are fourteen year old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a séance goes horribly wrong, felix orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits. molly finds herself on the run. her flight leads her into the company of Simon Hodge, a Victorian detective, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past and true identity is a mystery to him.Here is the pitch that originally sold the book, which gives us a bit more color:
A supernatural-steampunk illustrated novel following an orphaned teenage girl, an aging conjurer, a lunatic scientist, a Victorian occult detective, and the stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, as they struggle for the fate of an alternate 1970s Lower Manhattan, which sank into the water during a catastrophe in 1925, leaving those unwilling or unable to abandon it to make a new life in streets turned to canals.Joe Golem and the Drowning City, will be released March 27th, 2012 from St. Martin's along with a second unnamed book to follow. Mignola will be doing about 100 pieces of art of the interior as well. Mark down another 2012 book for your to-procure list.
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