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Review: London Horror Comic Issue 5

Written by John-Paul Kamath

Pencils and inks by Drew Moss and Dean Kotz

Letters & Book Design by Matty Ryan

Colours by Hi-Fi Design

Cover by Matt Dixon

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It’s tought getting on in the big city, finding someone to spend eternity with. It’s not that Steve’s lonely, or unsuccessful it’s just that he’s…busy…doing…vampire stuff. That’s why he signed on with the agency and that’s why, despite the disastrous dates he’s been on, he sticks with them.

Then he meets Brenda.

‘The Game’, the opening story here, manages to do three things at once. It’s a great bit of world building, nicely handled horror and it’s also surprisingly sweet. Kamath has a very sharp eye for dialogue and a gleeful willingness to upend expectation and he does both here. The end result is a story that feels refreshingly human, despite Steve’s…let’s go with career choice.

‘Dead Love’ is just as character driven but drives to a very different place where it dumps the body, covers it in lye and runs for it. Stacey’s a pathologist who loves her job, or rather her subjects, a little too much. As far as she’s concerned it’s perfectly normal and Kamath shows us the imagined dialog she has with her lover in a way that’s simultaneously flirty and sweet and skin crawlingly horrible. Matters come to a head not once but twice and the tone shifts fast and nasty. The ending is massively over the top, horrifying and a killer punch line in every sense of the word. Not subtle but very effective.

‘He Said, She Said’ is the best retail comedy featuring a werewolf, a zombie and the medusa sisters you’ll read all year. This is the funniest story in the book by a mile and Phil and Eddie could definitely stand to return in some, still endearingly incompetent, form.

‘Friends’ is the best story here by a mile. Dan and Ed are old college friends who meet up by accident. Dan is charming, handsome and has floated upwards through life with no real effort. Ed’s worked hard and all he’s ever got for it is more of the same. There’s a fiercely unblinking look at male friendship here and tremendous narrative courage in showing neither man as especially sympathetic. The ending is as horrific as it is inevitable but no less effective for that.

London Horror Comic remains one of the strongest, most interesting anthologies on the market. This is it at it’s very best so start here and find out what horror’s like in the big city.

 

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