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 beingone 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 sidekicksthe hulking robot Pendulum and lithe punk assassin PhoebeWormwood 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." (Apr.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Wormwood, Volume 1by Ben Templesmith
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.)
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Ben Templesmith is a New York Times best selling artist and writer most widely known for his work in the comic book industry where he has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry's top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award. As a creator, his most notable works have been 30 Days of Night (which spawned a major motion picture) and Fell. His other projects include the critically acclaimed serial Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, as well as Welcome to Hoxford, and Singularity 7, all of which he also wrote.
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I have read Wormwood Volume I & II. Both are very interesting and off beat fun. You will need a magnifying glass to read the print but it is worth the effort. Imagine an intelligent, parasitic worm that inhabits and reanimates corpses then wears them like suits, and works as something of a private investigator, and hangs out in strip clubs in a parallel dimension. Obviously, this not for everyone, but if you would like something a little different in a graphic novel give the award winning Wormwood Series a try.
I loved this graphic novel to no end! Templesmith takes the Urban-Fantasy-Noir genre up three notches! Full of great characters, and full of great illustrations, Wormwood burrows into your head and doesn't let go! And by the way, these are the best leprechauns EVER!!