August 01st, 2011

London Horror Comic

(Issues 1-3)

Review by Bernice Watson

Lee Ferguson, Matt Deering and the rest of the London Horror Comic team have done an incredible job of visualising the dark and twisted imaginings of writer and fellow LHC member Paul Kamath.

I was privileged to be able to review issues 1-3 of the UK based adult horror comic. The first thing that struck me was the wealth of ideas and the sheer number of short stories wrapped in the vibrant colours and artwork. It must be noted though that I hail from the horror school of critics rather than being a comics expert, so it was the blood curdled mystery they possessed that cruelly teased out my curiosity in these publications.

Kamath cynically deconstructs the role of both the writer and the critic in comic and film with devilish consequence in ‘Up, Up and Away’, and ‘Pin Up’. Many of the stories have a 70s Twilight Zone/Tales of the Unexpected aesthetic and feel, surfing the fine line between chilling behaviour and pitch black humour (2 Much TV). There are also off-key beats on the more garish lycra ridden traditional heroes (Superhero) and riffs of a non-supernatural nature that cruelly deconstruct human behaviour (‘Homecoming’, ‘Fast Lane’, ’Reach Out’ and ‘NXTU’). The ability the LHC team have to evoke extreme emotions in the reader in just a few pages must be respectfully applauded.

As an anthology my favourite issue was No3, but by far my favourite story and one of the longest and most complete was the skewed mystery of ‘Cornered’ in issue 1. A few stories failed to hit the mark but this is more down to my taste rather than a criticism of their content, I was certainly drawn to particular characters and stories throughout and wanted to read and see more from them!

You don’t need to be a fan of horror or of comics in general to appreciate the London Horror Comics, there is plenty in each issue for everyone, so awaken your inner dark child now and read them!

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