Foreword by Laurence Campbell

I fear Cy Dethan the writer may be a lost cause. It’s Stephen Downey the artist who I feel so sorry for. This maybe because being an artist myself I know what he’s going through. You see people are going to read Slaughterman’s Creed and will be going to the artist saying “how do you come up with  this dark stuff. What goes on in that scary mind of yours?”

And Stephen Downey will say “it’s not my fault, it’s the writer Cy Dethan, he put it in the script”.

Stephen Downey should have known better, the signs were there when they worked together on the successful Cancer Town. Saying “I just pulled the trigger it was Cy who gave me the gun and told me what to do” is no defence,

I was lucky enough to be sent a preview copy of Slaughterman’s Creed to review. My plan was to read it over a couple of days as I was busy with deadlines at the time.

I read it in one sitting.

This is a tough read. There you’ve been warned. There is no holding back. No copping out. Cy and Stephen Downey deliver.

What you will find is a nasty, dark tale which cuts into the underbelly of gangland London. Think The Long Good Friday meets No Country For Old Men. 

Cy Dethan pushes the boundaries, no not pushes them, casually disregards them and walks right over them.

Stephen Downey and Andy Brown add flesh to the bones. Not holding back. Confronting the story head on.  It’s easy in these situations to make the artwork a gorefest but they balance horror and tension perfectly. Then Vicky Stonebridge and Nic Wilkinson add the final garnish to complete

I’m still unsure I want to know where Cy Dethan came up with this little number, all I know is I’ll be keeping a closer eye on him and  Stephen Downey and so should you.

Laurence Campbell
Marvel artist, Punisher Max, Wolverine, Moonknight.

Canterbury 2011