Angel Fire: The Graphic Novel

Angel Fire: The Graphic Novel

by Chris Blythe, Steve Parkhouse
     
 

Part Faustian fable, part Gothic horror story, Angel Fire is a full-color graphic novel in the finest tradition, told by two of the UK’s top comic book creators.

The poster boy for a morally corrupt generation, John Dury acquires and strips businesses in exchange for money, power, and designer drugs. The latest of these drugs is Angel Fire—a

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Part Faustian fable, part Gothic horror story, Angel Fire is a full-color graphic novel in the finest tradition, told by two of the UK’s top comic book creators.

The poster boy for a morally corrupt generation, John Dury acquires and strips businesses in exchange for money, power, and designer drugs. The latest of these drugs is Angel Fire—a hallucinogen that sends John spiraling into a nightmare dimension of ghosts, demons…and a faceless shadow that reaches into the depth of his soul.

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VOYA
After the completion of a successful job, John's boss gives him a new drug called Angel Fire to help him celebrate. Soon addicted, John loses all that he holds dear to him: first his wife, and then his self-respect and last chance for survival-his friend Zee. Interspersed through John's story is the flashback story of a nun in Scotland who was raped by a priest and then was sealed in a wall when she became pregnant. The two stories meet when John moves to Scotland after a drug overdose lands him in the hospital. There in his wife's ancestral home, he hears the dead nun's warnings to stay out of the shadows. Something is in the house with him, breathing low guttural sighs, and is coming for him. In a surprise twist ending, this realistic horror story will satisfy many types of readers. The colored artwork has two different styles. In John's story, the art is realistic in every aspect. The characters appear somewhat pudgy except John and Zee, who have gaunt, druggie appearances. In the flashback scenes, the colors are muted, as if the readers are seeing the images through a haze. The story is moody and tense throughout this slim piece. It easily flows from panel to panel allowing the reader to become fully engaged all the way to the surprise ending that makes perfect sense. Although it will need pushing, teens who try it will find an interesting and compelling story. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2006 (orig. 2004), NBM, 112p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Kristin Fletcher-Spear

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844429189
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Angel Fire is scripted and illustrated by the U.K.-based Daedalus Studio’s Chris Blythe (the hugely influential comic 2000AD) and Steve Parkhouse (How to Draw and Sell Comics, Dr. Who, Warrior). Both are well-established, respected names in the comic/GN world and bring all their knowledge and experience to this superb book.

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