McGregor sought to create a realistic private detective comic book, and he succeeded in spades, producing a violent, touching and emotional story. …[W]hat’s going on with the characters, how they relate to one another and the others in their lives, is equally as important as the plots they find themselves in. McGregor is as interested in why people do what they do and how they deal (or are unable to deal) with the demons they carry around. – Ain’t it Cool News
Created and Written by Don McGregor. Art by Gene Colan.
Reminiscent of an urban True Detective, Detectives, Inc. is a story of crime, hope, and two mens’ struggle to rise above the darkness that they fight in the streets and in their souls. Through the cases of Ted Denning and Bob Rainier, two of the finest private detectives in the business, we examine issues of urban decay, criminal justice, and civil rights in a time of great social upheaval against the backdrop of 1980s Brooklyn.
These days, Brooklyn may be known as hipster central, but before becoming a destination for brunch, it was a nightmarish slum of broken dreams, dangerous nights, and a forgotten people that the police were inclined to ignore. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, you needed to find your own help if you wanted any chance at justice… and the only help you could find was Detectives, Inc.
Bob Rainier, a bitter divorcee with a drinking problem and a foul mouth, and Ted Dennings, an African American trying to make his mark in what many still consider a white man’s world, are two men from very different worlds, but despite their individual stubbornness they’ve formed a mutually beneficial professional partnership and a deep personal friendship all well helping those the life has forgotten. But their partnership and friendship will be pushed to their breaking points as Rainier and Dennings leave their Manhattan offices behind to take on crime in the streets of Brooklyn.
Gang disputes, mysterious murders, and plots by some very powerful people who would rather not see them unraveled fill their days as they deal with cases and people that the police are all too eager to see disappear. Dennings and Rainier will also have to overcome their own personal preconceptions and prejudices in order to find their clients the justice they deserve. For the detectives, sometimes it seems the case is just a way of distracting them from their own problems, such as Denning’s attempts to deal with killing a teenage boy to save his partner or Rainer’s ever-present strained relationship with his ex-wife.
A realistic private detective comic book gives way to a violent, touching and emotional story of unlikely friends. …what’s going on with the characters, how they relate to one another and the others in their lives, is equally as important as the plots they find themselves in. McGregor is as interested in why people do what they do and how they deal (or are unable to deal) with the demons they carry around.