DICK TURPIN AND THE RESTLESS DEAD
Black and White
Publisher: Time Bomb Comics
Written by Steve Tanner
Art by Andrew Dodd
With a title like this it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this book is about zombies. However, despite the fact that there are more zombie comics out there than one dares to count, Steve Tanner still managed to find a fresh angle by delving into history. The titular character in this book is based on the infamous English highwayman Richard “Dick” Turpin. It’s perhaps a strange combination but one that works surprisingly well. I must admit I do have a fetish for highwayman tales and I did once participate in a zombie walk. But the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because it’s really well made.
Steve Tanner doesn’t beat around the bush, and the reader is hooked from the word go. The two main characters Dick Turpin and Tom King “the gentleman highwayman” are cleverly introduced to the reader through a fine opening action sequence and it’s a thrilling ride onwards.
This action/adventure book tells the tale of highwayman Turpin and King as they stumble on a mysterious village. You can guess what happens next, but as simple as this story may sound, it’s still incredibly entertaining. The reason this book works so well is probably down to Steve’s excellent writing skills. His pace is spot on. The main characters are attractive and compliment each other well while the whole story is peppered with bouts of hilarious black humour.
Generally speaking flashy colours are something which I look for in comic, so the fact that this one comes in black and white did not particularly excite me, but after reading the book, I have no doubt that the choice to go black and white with this was indeed a good one. Andrew Dodd’s artwork is detailed, expressive and dynamic. It also has a certain roughness that works really well in the book’s context. Particularly pleasing were the action sequences which I felt were really well handled by Dodd. My only minor complain here would be that certain panels would have benefited from a larger format, but this does not detract from the enjoyment on offer.
You know it’s a good book when you reach the end but you’re still craving for more. And if this wasn’t proof enough of how much I liked this one, I also fell compelled to rave to all my mates about it.
This is a truly enjoyable comic book and perhaps the best advertisement small press publishers such as Time Bomb Comics can get.
Wicked Comics strongly recommends this one, so much so that we’re even distributing a limited run. For more information kindly contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Le Galle
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