The New Deal

The New Deal

Book - 2015
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"The Waldorf Astoria is the classiest hotel along the Manhattan skyline in 1930s New York City. When a charming woman checks in with a high-society entourage, a bellhop and a maid get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616557317
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Case, Jonathan
Characteristics: 106 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm


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Jan 13, 2017

Ah, the pleasures of a heist comic in which 2/3 of the thieves have no freakin' clue what they're doing! I had such a good time reading this. The art is crisp and clean, the characters are well-rounded, and Case keeps every single plot-related ball in the air with ease until he starts throwing them precisely where they should go.

Set in Depression-era NYC at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, it's the story of two coworkers. Frank is a white bellhop with a gambling debt he can't pay. Theresa is an African-American maid with a passion for acting which is - shall we say - going unfulfilled in the roles available to her in that time and place. Her treatment by the rich white patrons of the Waldorf Astoria isn't any better. (And to complicate matters further, Frank has a crush on Theresa. Because she's great.)

A new guest and a series of mysterious thefts at the hotel pull both main characters into an even more complicated mess... and that's where I'll leave you to read it for yourself. Enjoy!

Nov 18, 2016

I picked this up on a whim when it passed by me. Color me pleasantly surprised! It was fun, it was easy to follow, it was altogether an enjoyable read with great artwork and a great plot, rounded out by a diverse and interesting cast of characters. Loved it!


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