With the release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Friday, and this little thing about a new Batman movie being in the news, we decided that Web Comics Wednesday needed a little bit of mystery. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best sleuths that we can (a form of detection, if you will) and present to you the finest webcomic Detectives around.

If you’re new to this, here’s the scoop: Each Wednesday we will showcase five indie web comics. Each will be categorized and will be judged by ART, STORY and APPEAL. This will give you an opportunity to support indie artists and the amazing work they do.

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Story by Lauren Burke & Greg Sorkin Art by Antonio MaldonadoComic: P.I. Jane
Story:
Lauren Burke & Greg Sorkin
Art:
Antonio Maldonado
About: P.I. Jane is a pop-culture inspired girl detective series. If you’re a fan of shows like Veronica Mars, Buffy, and The Middleman, that feature kickass, verbose, strong-minded females, with a heavy dose of pop culture references, this is up your alley. If you’re more into slapsticky pratfalls, watch Chevy Chase in Fletch. But if you like seeing combative pastries fighting like Tom & Jerry, or detective noir, we have some things you might be into as well.

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Story by Gregg Taylor Art by Sami Kivela & Mark HesterComic: Black Jack Justice
Story:
Gregg Taylor
Art:
Sami Kivela & Mark Hester
About: A joint effort between Addictive Comics and Decoder Ring Theater, Black Jack Justice is the adventures of Jack Justice and Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective in comics form. Originally appearing in tele-play format, Jack and Trixie get the chance to break out of the spoken word and star in their own webcomic.

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Written by Darryl Hughes with art by Monique MacNaughtonComic: The Continentals
Story:
Darryl Hughes
Art:
Monique MacNaughton
About: 1889. Barely a year after the notorious Jack the Rippers murderous rampage, the city of Mansfordshire, England is caught in an abyss of fear after a series of brutal, “mangling” murders. Investigating the case, Continental Operatives Jeffrey Tiffen Smythe and Lady Fiona Fiziwigg untangle a web of murder, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that stretches from the highest echelons of society, to it’s lowest dregs, and even delves into the deepest darkest regions of human psychology—Identity!

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Art and Story by Matt GorballComic: Cross Hare
Story & Art: Matt Gorball
About: Cross Hare is living out his dream of being a hard-boiled detective. He’s still a small rabbit in a big city, and his cases are few and far between. He works as a handyman in an apartment building where he lives rent-free as long as he earns his keep.

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Presentation: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
About: Based on a true story: The Secret in the Cellar, is a Webcomic based on an authentic forensic case of a recently discovered 17th Century body. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, the Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical, and scientific importance. Online sleuths can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death.

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Want to share your favorite indie web or print comic? Feel free to comment below! I would love to add them to my list. Also feel free to visit my Facebook Wall to chat with these and other Indie comic creators.