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Graphic novel review: FTN reviews Tortured Life

November 16th, 2015 by Dave Bowling Comments


Writers: Dan Watters, Neil Gibson
Pencils: Caspar Wijngaard
Colours: Jan Wijngaard
Publisher: T Publications, London
ISBN: 680474078288

Meet Richard. He has problems.

Not the usual problems you’d expect from somebody in his late 20s living in Mile End, a part of East London made infamous in a song by Pulp. Rick sees dead people. Not ghosts per se, rather he sees how people die. Constantly. Every single time he looks at a human or animal, he sees their inevitable death. And just when he can’t stands no more, Alice walks into his life and things get really weird.

I’ve been a fan of T Pub’s stuff for some time now. This book hasn’t been a disappointment. Dan Watters drives Gibson’s storyline onwards at a frenetic pace, accompanied by awesome artwork from Caspar and Jan Wijngaard. Richard’s sense of fear is palpable as the story becomes darker and darker, with the true reason behind his curse emerging. Not wanting to drop any spoilers here, but suffice to say it’s just as twisted as you’d expect.

So, great story, great artwork. The only problem I have is that the finale seems a little rushed, with the ending very abrupt. But otherwise this is a brilliant book.


4.5/5 Nerds

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...