It's good to note that there is a resurgence in interest in Crime Comics these days. DC comics has just announced that Megan Abbott will be joining Ian Rankin and Jason Starr among others in writing crime graphic novels. I have sort of have been waitng for this for the last 10 years, back when I discovered to crime comics underground and the work of Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis is best known these days as one of the main writers at Marvel comics, having relaunched Spiderman for the company several years back. Prior to that he just a little guy making indie comics in black and white. His early work was mainly in the crime comic world, with AKA Goldfish and Jinx-- and then came todays forgotten friday book, Torso.
Torso tells the story of the real life "Torso Murderer", a serial killer
who was active during 1934 to 1938. He received his nickname because he
left only the torsos of his victims. Without fingerprints or dental
records, these victims were very difficult to identify in a time before
DNA testing. The investigator on the case was Eliot Ness, Cleveland Safety Director and former head of the Untouchables.
I discovered the book on the recommendation of the owner of my local comic shop The Vault of Midnight. I liked the combination of the historical fact and the drama that Bendis creates to drive the story along and for my money in those early days Bendis had some of the best dialog in the comics world. It's available in TPB (Trade Paperback) and well worth checking out.