- Kane (comics)
"Kane" is a
comic bookseries created, written and drawn by Paul Grist. Grist also self published it through his company, Dancing Elephant Press. It concerns a police detectivewho works in the 39th precinct of the fictional American city of New Eden, which seems to be located on the west coast. Despite being a UK citizen, Grist appears to have modeled New Eden and its police force in the style of American Cop shows such as Hill Street Bluesand NYPD Blue. Another clear influence is the work of Frank Miller, particularly his Sin Citycomics. Cerebuswas another formative influence, particularly because it proved to Grist that self-published comics were a viable proposition; the first issue of Cerebusthat Grist read was #39, hence the designation of Kane's precinct.
Kane has a difficult relationship with his co-workers due to a violent encounter with his former partner, which unfolds gradually and in flashback during the series. Police corruption is a recurring theme however, Kane is also densely intertextual and brims with references to popular culture, particularly characters from British television, comics and films.
Since the end of 2001 Grist has concentrated his comics work on his
superherocharacter Jack Staff, although he has announced plans to continue Kane as a series of original graphic novels.
Kane has been collected in the following
trade paperbacks from Image Comics:
* [http://www.weisshahn.de/kane/kane.htm Kane at Paul Grist Comics Index]
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