Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Scarlet Traces: The Great Game + From the Tomb

Scarlet Traces: The Great Game

It’s 1938, and Great Britain has done well following an invasion by HG Wells’ Martians. Reverse-engineering their technology and pushing the front lines back to Mars, the British war machine is still embroiled in a four decades-long, conflict with nothing less than genocide of one species or another at stake. The problem is, to keep things secure at home, the government has muzzled any possible source of dissent, and things are only drawing tighter on an increasingly war-weary, discontented public. And it seems that the situation on Mars might not be what’s reported on the news…

A tight story with perfect dialogue by Ian Edgington, cast in wonderful D’Israeli art. The lone fault to this story is it asks you to accept that a failed diplomatic conference leads the news over Canada, Australia and New Zealand withdrawing from the commonwealth in unison. If you can live with that minor problem, you have a book you should be reading.

From the Tomb

A retrospective fanzine cataloguing the many, many horror publications from the 1950s through the early ‘80s (though a few horror comics, of course, soldier on to the present day), with an especial affection for the flag-bearer of the horror anthology, Tales from the Crypt and its sister E.C. publications.

There is also a batch of original material that’s successfully creepy, with shadowy, deserted landscapes, creaky architecture, and a doomed narrative tone.Definitely a pick-up for the dedicated horror fan.

This is the product of people with a lot of love for the form and the knowledge to discuss it at variety.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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