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Robert Tinnell & Adrian Salmon – The Faceless

Posted by demonik on June 19, 2008

The Faceless – Robert Tinnell and Adrian Salmon (Image, 2005)

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He’s Willing To Go To Hell … So You Won’t Have To …

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ENGLAND – 1962.

By day, Terry Sharp is a hard-living, skirt-chasing, celebrated director of classic horror films. But by night, the horror turns real – Terry has discovered a shadowy group of Satanists hell-bent on taking control of the British government. This knowledge has made him a marked man. Black magic or bullets – the Faceless conspirators don’t particularly care which – as long as the end result is Terry’s death.

Too bad for them, Terry Sharp isn’t ready to die just yet – not without taking a whole lot of bad guys with him.

That’s just the blurb!

Meet Terry sharp, celebrated director of The Return of Frankenstein and other Midwich horror masterpieces. Unknown to his colleagues, our granite-chinned friend leads a double life, triple if you include his penchant for bedding beautiful women within two or three frames of meeting them. Away from the studio is where Sharp’s real work begins: combating the shadowy Satanic Organisation, the Faceless, who are intent on overthrowing the British Government!

This is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read to the end (twice!), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As mentioned, there’s plenty of The Saint about it, tons of Hammer references and a smidgeon of Wheatley’s hysterical “the Commies are Satanists!” pot-boilers. I’ll not be the first to comment that it’s beautifully drawn, but the script is top notch too: very economic with not a word out of place. And Terry’s sidekick Elspeth is a bit of a looker, of that you can be sure.

The one criticism I could make, and even that’s not unique to me, is that while it’s a blinding introduction to Terry’s adventures, just as the story’s hotting up, you’re left in mid-air awaiting the continuation in the next book when you just know our hero will start upping the body count, especially now that he’s got revenge on his mind!

Check out the trailer and other goodies here !

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