Reviews

 

Cancertown 1: An Inconvenient Tooth

Vince Morley is a man with big problems and a brain tumour like a baby’s fist, living with one foot in a monstrous alternate world he calls Cancertown. When the lost and dispossessed of London start tripping over the same cracks in reality he spends his life avoiding, Morley realises he must confront the residents of Cancertown – and risk finding his place among them.

Writer: Cy Dethan

Pencils: Stephen Downey

Colours: Mel Cook

Letters: Nic Wilkinson

“I described it to someone asking me what it was about as a 'rip-roaring mindf***'.” John Freeman, Down The Tubes

“Cancertown will disorientate you, suck you in, chew you up and spit you out and you might well be in need of a change of underwear by the end.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Bryan Talbot

Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth is one of those rare treasures in its originality, well written and beautifully drawn. Cy Dethan has scripted an exceptional story and Stephen Downey’s pencils are a joy, whilst colourist Melanie Cook captures the tone brilliantly. If you like horror stories mixed with detective novels you are going to love it.” Comic Shop Voice

“Complex, dark and twisted fantasy with a heavy noir feel to it.Think Maltese Falcon with a dash of Alice in Wonderland, trippy as hell.” Barry Nugent, The Geek Syndicate

“Cancertown leaps out of the page, grabs you by the jugular and doesn’t let you go. Simply put, it’s weird, disturbing and it’s in the tradition of the best horror comics.” Ian Cullen, SciFi Pulse

 

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Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours

Vince Morley is a dangerously sick man. The crossing points between his realities wear thin as, in a psychiatric hospital, sticky fingers pick through the darkest corners of Bugfuck's broken mind. With the old powers falling to a new creature of horrific violence and limitless rage, the deadliest of the Cancertown Players returns to claim a favour from Morley that could cost him more than just his life.

Writer: Cy Dethan

Pencils: Graeme Howard

Colours: Peter Mason

Letters: Nic Wilkinson

"A comic where the pages will draw blood if you don't handle them carefully." David Hine 

"Shocks or scares or delights you on every damn page. Breaktakingly original. As dark as nightsoil and twice as nasty." Dion Winton-Polak, The Geek Syndicate

"Cy's really set himself up as one of the best writers in Britain...It's kind of like Chinatown in Hell, is what it is. It's like Chinatown crossed with Clive Barker." Lee Grice, Small Press Big Mouth

"A heady, unsettling mix of nightmares." John Freeman, Down The Tubes

"A rollercoaster of twisted brilliance." Adam Cheal, ComicBooked

 

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White Knuckle

Forty years ago, Seth Rigal was a man to be feared – a serial strangler with a string of victims. Now nearly seventy and tormented by a lifetime of monstrous violence, Rigal lives on the verge of poverty and quietly waits for the death he knows he deserves. Tortured and confused, still haunted by the drives that made him a killer in his youth, Rigal finds himself almost unconsciously stalking the daughter of his final victim – only to have his precious anonymity snatched from him when he accidentally saves her son’s life. Seth Rigal, formerly known as the Gripper, just became a local celebrity. The bodies won’t stay buried any longer.

Writer: Cy Dethan

Artist: Valia Kapadai

Letters: Nic Wilkinson

“The dissonance between the dark subject matter and Valia’s charming artwork plays out superbly, imbuing the characters with a warmth that defies their troubled pasts. As with the best of Dethan’s work the past and present clash jarringly, with an aged killer known as The Gripper inadvertently intervening in the life of his only surviving victim.  The dialogue has Dethan’s usual gutter flair across an engaging plot and a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of a killer.” Philiip Buchan, SFX Magazine 

“Never mind your Scalped or whatever other US thriller type comics you’re reading. You should be reading this, and everything else this writer puts out. He’s probably the best kept secret in British Comics, and if I had my way, he would be a secret no longer.” Richmond Clements, Hi Ex 

“Dethan crafts a tale which takes you on a journey of compassion, guilt, hope, horror and courage, cowardice and despair– a journey which takes a long, hard, and ultimately revealing look into the nature of violence and the raw humanity of it all. Overall, this was a book that surprised me with a very different take on the “serial killer,” and had me re-reading pages because they were so well put together. If you are a fan of these gifted storytellers, you MUST read this. If you aren’t a fan, you will be by the time you’re done reading it.” Sam Medina 

"The writing on this yarn was spot on. It was equal parts psychotic, like David Fincher’s Se7en and human interest about a man trying to reclaim some part of his humanity after all these years and all those victims. Dethan does an amazing job with pacing this story, as things get even deeper than even Seth Rigal was thinking.” John Chihak, The Hardcore Review

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Slaughterman's Creed

Slaughterman’s Creed is a story of the fall and rise of monsters, where an ethical knife-edge is all that separates hero from villain. A human trafficker orders the death of a killer who refuses to breach his professional code. Twelve years later, the trafficker’s world erupts in blood and chaos. Barely surviving and crippled for life, the Slaughterman has returned to put the whole organisation to the blade.

Writer: Cy Dethan

Pencils: Stephen Downey

Colours: Vicky Stonebridge

Letters: Nic Wilkinson

“It has me hooked like a slab of meat.“ David Hine

“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.” Laurence Campbell

“This book is a bit of a triumph for all involved. With a strong narrative, well realised and rounded characters, strong visuals and a wonderful seam of oh so black humour this deserves to be a hit for all involved. And not turning it into a movie would be nothing short of a travesty.” Richmond Clements,Hi Ex

“Slaughterman’s Creed is a bloody gourmet serving the reader a mixed platter of gangland politics, murder, betrayal and revenge with a large side order of body parts. It’s a tale that is dripping with great writing and art. Digest it today."Barry Nugent, The Geek Syndicate"

"If Mr. Dethan keeps delivering this kind of novel perspective on the world, I’ll have trouble sleeping at night. Yikes! But I was gripped from …the first page, so please keep it up!” Wayne Hall, SciFi Pulse 

“Cy’s writing is very tight and the book has a real British cinema feel to it. Go check it out, if you like gritty underworld stories with a seriously dark edge you’ll really enjoy this book. I did.” Richard McAuliffe, Everything Comes Back To 2000AD 

“Not for vegetarians. This book is a full on meat feast” Manny Armario, Whatever Comics

 

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The Indifference Engine

Responding to a strangely specific job advertisement, a distinctly ordinary twenty-something suburban slacker finds himself in the middle of an inter-dimensional task force staffed entirely by superhuman alternate versions of himself. Struggling to fit in, he uncovers a conspiracy that strikes at the very heart of the organisation – a conspiracy that only he can stop.

Writer: Cy Dethan

Pencils: Rob Carey

Colours: Mel Cook

Letters: Nic Wilkinson

"Cy Dethan's script is superb on this book. This [is a] tightly-written multi-universe-spanning adventure tale and it's definitely a book to look out for." John Freeman, Down The Tubes

"[Cy Dethan's] real strength is in his characterisation, because in a book that is populated by almost completely the same character it takes a deft hand to make each one original enough to stand out. And in this regard, The Indifference Engine is a complete success. Cy Dethan writes with a dry wit and places a number of amusing scenes to offset the strangeness of the story. 9/10" Starburst

"Being a science fiction fan, I sometimes ache for a comic that will challenge my perceptions of the world, of the universe, of my way of thinking...The Indifference Engine, written by Cy Dethan (Cancertown) with pencils by Robert Carey, scratches that itch spectacularly! I LOVED having to pay attention and taking my time to keep track of what was going on. I LOVED the pay-off at the end as well. It’s a great mental exercise–my brain was tired for a long time after reading it....In fact, I LOVED that, too! What a great comic!" Wayne Hall, Sci Fi Pulse

"This book has razor sharp dialogue and has definitely got this way of getting inside your head and just messing about with you." Barry Nugent, The Geek Syndicate

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Starship Troopers Ongoing Series 

"Cy Dethan is carving a name for himself"  John Freeman, Forbidden Planet Blog: Best of 2008 

"Some of the finest S/F Future War writing you’re ever going to see, you have a real winner on your hands." Regie Rigby, Comics Bulletin 

"One of the best I have read in a long time. This was spot-on Starship Troopers, and it was brilliant."  Tony Lee

"The best overall Starship Troopers package yet...The story itself is action packed claws-to-the-face fun that doesn't take any time to let up...if you are looking for some good military sci-fi drop ship delivered in a pretty package, this is the book for you." Media Gauntlet

 

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