An older Harry Houdini, past his prime, is dealing with one failure after another. Arthur Conan Doyle, known for creating “the world’s greatest detective”, sits in at a seance and believes every moment of it. They were friends once… Now, after a number of young girls have been found dead, Houdini is drawn into investigating the murders. Knowing he won’t be able to do it alone, Houdini asks his old friend, Doyle, for help. What they find will shock and disturb and leave a lasting impression on both of them.
“Edge of the Unknown” is on based the true-to-life friendship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in the year 1923, we follow these two famous historical figures as they try to solve the murder of a young woman, who was the daughter of Houdini’s friend. However, the story soon takes the reader far beyond what one would expect with such an introduction. Jon Vinson’s story and Marco Roblin’s illustrations work in unison to plunge the reader into a dark and terrible world where nothing is what it seems. A world where even the most famous magician of all time and the creator of “Sherlock Holmes” will need help to make it out alive. I can think of very few graphic novels that I can honestly admit I have been blind-sided by, however, this is definitely one of them. This story combines elements of horror and history to give us a combination that is wonderful. Slowly building from what seems to be an open-and-shut murder mystery, this graphic novel quickly changes pace, presenting the reader with a dark and supernatural side of Hollywood you wouldn’t expect.
Bloody Disgusting learned that Jack Reher (Red Machine) is penning a live-action adaptation of Jon Vinson’s comic Edge of the Unknown, which is described as Se7en crossed with a supernatural Chinatown. The project is out to directors as of this writing. You’ll find some art and the synopsis inside. Reher also penned Red Machine, which is currently casting for a February start. Dave Valleau (Capote, Push) and Hadeel Reda (16 Blocks) are producing with Saw V director David Hackl getting behind the camera.