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Wormwood #01: Gentleman Corpseby Ben Templesmith
Synopses & Reviews
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Singularity 7, Fell) creates an all-eerie and humorous new series.
Things are awakening in the city. Things that have a nasty habit of leaving mutilated bodies in their wake and it all reeks of demons and dark gods up to no good. Owing a favor to his lazy ghost cop buddy Trotsky, Wormwood, the gentleman corpse, and his oddball entourage are brought in to investigate the case (or at least hopefully not stuff it up too much).
"Just when John Constantine was starting to be a bit rumpled, along comes another nattily dressed smart-ass who does business with the unholy darkness; this time, he's a little closer to being one of them. Templesmith's Wormwood is a preternaturally cheery corpse with an ever-present cigarette and pentagram tattoo on his forehead to match the psychotic grin. In this debut, the gentleman corpse comes across a plot by a cabal of demons to infiltrate the world of humans and generally lay waste to it all in the nastiest way possible. With a game pair of sidekicks — the hulking robot Pendulum and lithe punk assassin Phoebe — Wormwood does battle with a full complement of foul netherworld beasties. This material could come off as rank at worst and derivative at best, just another horror comic with a yen for desecrated corpses. But in a wry manner, Templesmith (30 Days of Night) tweaks a surprising amount of humor out of the overdone scenarios, cloaking it all in darkly layered and intricate art that recalls Criminal Macabre. One assumes more Wormwood tales will follow, along with more people suffering from, as a policeman refers to it, 'extreme cases of, uh, death.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The art forms a grotesque and murky banquet of shape and color: Lovecraft on laughing gas channeled through Ralph Steadman....Australian Templesmith crafts a goofy, surprising, and oddly beautiful tour de force." Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Ben Templesmith was born in Perth, Western Australia. He attended Curtin University of Technology and has a degree in Design and now draws comic books and does freelance illustration, as well as work for bands and concept art for movies. He lives and works in his studio in Perth.
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