Created by Neil Gaiman in the pages of The Sandman, Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, a.k.a. the Dead Boy Detectives, have appeared in various stories published by Vertigo since 1991. Now, coinciding with the release of Gaiman and JH Williams III's Sandman: Overture miniseries, Vertigo has launched an ongoing series starring the two young sleuths. Written by Toby Litt and Mark Buckingham, with art by Buckingham and Gary Erskine, Dead Boy Detectives follows the adventures of Edwin and Charles, two boys killed at the same boarding school, who remain on earth as ghosts to investigate various mysteries. And this new series starts off with the boys revisiting the boarding school where they were both murdered, discovering various aspects of the circumstances that led to their own deaths while attempting to help a new acquaintance avoid a similar fate.

Dead Boy Detectives #2 goes on sale this week, and Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of, which you can view below.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #2
Written by TOBY LITT and MARK BUCKINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and GARY ERSKINE
Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
From the pages of THE SANDMAN! Neil Gaiman’s intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School; the place where they both were murdered. While trying to protect their new acquaintance, techno-savvy sleuth Crystal, from suffering the same fate at the hands of familiar bullies, Charles and Edwin begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding their own untimely demise.

 

Dead Boy Detectives #2 goes on sale this Wednesday, January 29, at your local comic shop and digitally via Comixology.