DRAFT – In Review: Cancertown: Blasphemous Tumours

Publisher: Markosia
Writer: Cy Dethan
Art: Graeme HowardOut: 1st November 2012

The Book: Vince Morley is a dangerously sick man. Within the monstrous alternate world of Cancertown, a creature of horrific violence and limitless rage has burst from the nightmare landscape. The foundations are shaking and the old powers are falling. In response, the deadliest of Cancertown’s inhabitants seeks Morley out to claim a favor that could cost him more than just his life.

The Review: Regular DownTheTubes readers will recall I enthused about the original Cancertown, despite not being much of a horror comics fan. First published by Insomnia but snapped up by Markosia when that publisher went under, it’s proved a deserved success for its creator, and I’m delighted to see this return to what is most certainly a nightmare world.

Dethan ably picks up the threads of the original graphic novel, weaving a heady unsettling mix of nightmares. This time out, the story is brought to life by the talented Graeme Howard, who ably takes Stephen Downey’s original look to the world of CancerTown and makes it his own, with some amazing sequence of the bizarre and grotesque, juxtaposed with the ‘normality’ of Morley’s ‘normal’ life.


  Pre-Order directly from Cy Dethan and receive the book for a special price, a DVD and a chance to win a sketch! 

• Markosia Official Web Site: www.markosia.com

Read our review of Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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