In Review: DTHRTL (Death Rattle) – Book 1 of 3

.DTHRTL (Death Rattle) - Cover

Created by Bob Turner

The Story: This is the wordless and psychedelic adventure of a cyclops like creature who falls through incident to incident in a crazy and colourful landscape. With the figure of Death following him around and haunting his non stop motion. He encounters creatures of all shapes and trippy sizes in this book – the first in a three comic series.

DTHRTL (Death Rattle) - Sample Page 1

DTHRTL (Death Rattle) - Sample Page 2


The Review: A little crazy is good? It is right? Every great creator in any area has had a little bit of the crazy about him or her. We know this, right? Well, as I read these brightly maniacal methamphetamine dreamlike pages, I realise that this is some great and wonderful Kool-Aid, and I am gulping it down, addicted and eager for my next dose.

DTHRTL (Death Rattle) flows like an indie animation at a back street film festival. It creeps up into the air above your head and hits you with a rainbow coloured frying pan. It is both edgy and cool – but remains a little bit innocent in its one-eyed central character. The hocus-pocus of the Terrapin Station-like visuals has me wondering what exactly is going on, but immediately also has me saying ‘F*** it, I don’t care’ – and just relaxing back into the visuals.

It’s a book that boggles the mind as to how Bob came to create each and every panel. Saying this though, I am hungry for more of the same and found myself really loving this book. It makes a contrary, strange sense, with its own logic set. It is exactly composed in moments of seemingly mathematical precision with an eye for free forming design and angular beauty this is a triumph. I read this on an iPad and it looks excellent with the tablet’s back lighting.

Follow its adventures in that inhibition free area of your brain and buy yourself a copy.

You can find Bob on Twitter @castlerockcomic and buy yourself a copy at

Many thanks for reading.

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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