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.
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