Thanks to Pat at Comics Castle (store here ) I have finally been able to get my hands on the two independent comics releases from Time Bomb Comics. I have been looking forward to these two UK releases for some time, but finding a cost effective way of getting them here on this side of the pond has been problematic. However, a recent “deal” between Comics Castle and Time Bomb allowed a small shipment to be made, and offered for sale here in the USA. A total of 20 copies of each was shipped, and as I check, there are still a few copies left. It shoudl also be noted that these copies are signed by the creators, all for the cover price of $3.50 plus shipping.
Dick Turpin and the Restless Dead: One part Night of the Living Dead, one part Scarlet Pimpernel, one part Brigadoon. The story revolves around Dick Turpin, notorious highwayman, and his compatriot, Gentleman Dick. This one shot story is a solid piece. The black and white art (a concession to costs) actually is a preferable medium for the story. I found it to be very reminiscient of the old Hammer horror films. A cameo by Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, or Michael Gough would not have been out of place. Steve Tanner plots a well paced script, balancing the character interplay with the action. The script is well complimented by Andy Dodd’s art work on the panels. Some will inevitably deride Dodd’s work here as “sub par.” While it may not be in the same class a Jim Lee, it is excellent work, worthy of any comics fan taking a look at. It works extremely well for the story, and as with any artist, will get “better” (a highly subjective pov) over time.
Ragamuffins-Stitches in Time: The first release from Time Bomb. A tale of a group of misfits assigned to fixing problems with time (the chronoverse). This issue, also a “one shot,” has some very intriguing characters, leaving any reader demanding more about them. A short story arc, it begins and ends well, leaving little, if anything dangling. This would be a worthy entry from an established company or creative team. For a first release from a start up independent, it is astounding. Andy Dodd’s art is a bit more straight forward here, compared to his more moody work for Dick Turpin. It has a definitively “British” feel to it, as fans of 2000AD and other publications will note. Steve Tanner’s plot and script are well laid out, and flow very well. While character development is a bit light, what’s to be expected from a one shot comic? You get what you need for the story, and it plays out very well.
I cannot reccomend these two issues highly enough. It is unfortunate that Time Bomb is currently unable to get a US distribution deal (they have one in the UK ATM). So those on the other side of the pond should check these out, as they are available more readilly there.
OK, full disclosure time. I “know” Steve Tanner. He is also a member of the CCL message boards, where we have conversed on a number of subjects. I think he’s still shocked I knew who Dan Dare was before the Virgin series came out. 😉 He posted his previews of these issues there, way back when. I loved them, but due to the issues of exchange rates and air mail shipping, I was unable to get my hands on them. Now I have, and I have no regrets.