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COMIC REVIEW: FTN Reviews Tabatha Issue 1

December 3rd, 2012 by Dave Bowling Comments

The latest offering from the pairing of writer Neil Gibson and artist Caspar Wijngaard went online on 28 November.  FTN managed to get hold of an advanced copy of issue 1.

For the last 18 months or so Gibson and Wijngaard have been producing the horror anthology Twisted Dark, as well as the Dead Zone-esque Tortured Life.  They continue to branch out into new projects, including the new short series Tabatha.

Not wanting to give any spoilers away, at first glance Wijngaard’s artwork doesn’t look like a horror story.  For the first half the storyline plays as a mix of romantic comedy and knockabout crime caper, which makes the turn into horror territory all the more satisfying.  Gibson manages to build the suspense through the rest of the book, leading to a suitably bloody conclusion.

If I have any criticism for the first issue, it’s that it reads like the first chapter of a trade paperback rather than a stand-alone comic.  Otherwise this is an excellent first part in a continuing story and I can’t wait for part 2.

Not that I’m hooked or anything…

4 out of 5 nerds

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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...