Written by Neil Gibson
Art by Caspar Wijngaard
Published by Tpublications Ltd.
Since 2011 T-Publications have produced the wonderful horror anthology Twisted Dark, the Dead Zone-esque Tortured Life and the more up-beat comedy of Twisted Light. One project I have keenly followed is the four-part horror series Tabatha.
Tabatha initially tells the story of a group of burglars in LA: Luke, a mailman who uses his route to pick up on houses with nobody home; Fin, Luke’s older brother and the nominal ‘brains’ of the outfit; Baily, Fin’s fiery girlfriend; and Ty, Baily’s younger brother. The story plays like a mix of romantic comedy and knockabout crime caper, backed up by Caspar Wijngaard’s vividly colourful artwork. This makes the turn into horror territory all the more satisfying when the gang discover a pile of body parts in the freezer of special effects whiz Gustav’s house. As they debate on how best to handle the situation, Gustav begins putting his own plans into effect: silencing the group and finding a way to bring the essence he thinks exists in his life-sized female doll Tabatha to life…
Author Neil Gibson manages to build the suspense through all four issues while maintaining the comedy elements, leading to a suitably bloody climax and rather eerie conclusion. Certainly this series has been one of the better indie books I’ve come across in the last couple of years and I’m not ashamed to say I was hooked. Parts 1 and 2 are available online at Comixology.com, with the other two chapters due to go live at any time.
5 out of 5 nerds
Available via www.comixology.com