Review By Patrick Scattergood
AAM / Markosia
A Victorian London gentleman receives a mysterious offer of employment and is lured to the town of Fenton’s Green.
He is trapped in an inescapable nightmare and must fight for his freedom and sanity. But he may be the greatest evil of all.
Adam Cheal is a writer known for his superb comic book series 'Toxic Storm' so when I was offered a chance to review his new graphic novel, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Because of the fact that I am such a big fan of his 'Toxic Storm' series, I went in to this one with some very high expectations but would this one meet those expectations?
The answer is a resounding yes.
What we have here is a superbly creepy, gory and superbly paced story that both straddles the horror and historical genres with ease. One of the things that struck me the most was the fact that it really made me think of the darkly lit, creepy Hammer Horror movies that I grew up watching in my youth. While it does invoke memories of those movies, it still has Cheal's unique writing style to keep the story moving along armed with action, gore, twists and turns.
Another thing I noticed was just how Cheal used the historical setting as if it were a character of it's own. That's a hard thing to do without it overpowering the actual story but here, it deftly stays next to the story as if it's watching the horror happen with a knowing smile.
Art wise, this graphic novel is absolutely gorgeous in a horrifying way. The art is absolutely fantastic and so detailed that you, as the reader, can't help but get drawn in to the world that they have created.
To go along with Cheal's superb writing, Russ Leach helps to fully flesh out the world and the players in this story. The gothic style surroundings and the shadows really creep around the panels and add a feeling of dread to the story. When the horror does hit, and it does big time, the art work ramps up the tension like a vice. I have to admit that I even liked the art more than we had on show in the 'Toxic Storm' comics and readers of this site know how much of a fan I am of that title.
If you like horror with an old fashioned feel yet full of some absolutely fantastic art by Russ Leach and writing by Adam Cheal then you should definitely pick this title up from Markosia. The writing is top notch, the story itself really moves along at a great pace and has some superb twists and turns to keep the reader hooked in and the art really pushes the story to the forefront so what are you waiting for?
You can pre-order 'Terminus At Fenton's Green' from here!