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Missing: Have You Seen the Invisible Man?

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Missing: Have You Seen the Invisible Man?

Credits

  • Words: Dave West
  • Art: Joe Campbell
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapion
  • Publisher: Accent UK
  • Price: £3.50
  • Release Date: Feb 20, 2013

Accessible work like this deserves more consideration and it’s exactly the type of offering that will make you investigate the Accent UK back catalogue further.

James Williams is a scientist working on a formula to render the human form invisible. On the cusp of a major breakthrough, his laboratories at Prometheus Inc. are raided in a military style operation, his colleagues murdered and the data from the experiments stolen. During the attack Williams is injured but not before subjecting himself to his own invention. As a literal Invisible Man can he unravel the conspiracy that has enveloped his life and recover the formula? And, even if he does, will there be a greater price to pay for a man who has chosen to play God with science?

Missing: Have You Seen the Invisible Man? is the latest entry in British publisher Accent UK’s Blessed Cursed imprint of one-shots that seek to examine not just the advantages of gaining paranormal abilities but also the downside. Writer Dave West provides a well-paced, brisk page-turner of a thriller here that grabs readers from the very beginning and takes them on a tense rollercoaster ride. What really makes this book, though, is West’s ability to confound expectations and turn events on the reader in a most exquisite fashion. Deft and clever writing that mischievously plays with the audience in an entertaining and smart manner. If you think that Missing sounds like it's playing on tired and clichéd story elements then be prepared to be proved very, very wrong!

Joe Campbell’s atmospheric black and white art is a perfect fit for a story that seeks to inject the fantastic into the world just outside your window. The realism of his pencils makes the concept of a man no one can see interacting with the humanity around him all the more otherworldly and haunting. It’s not just the interior visuals that do a fine job in bringing Dave West’s script to life though. I had always heard that graphic designers disliked using large amounts of text because it made for a too busy image that was unlikely to be as eye-catching for the casual browser. Andy Bloor on the Design & Production credits disproves that here with a cover that mocks up a tabloid newspaper to striking effect.

What we have here is exactly the type of comic that so many are bemoaning the lack of in the current marketplace. A complete and satisfying tale told in 30 pages that can be picked up and enjoyed on its own merits by the casual reader. Accessible work like this deserves more consideration and it’s exactly the type of offering that will make you investigate the Accent UK back catalogue further.

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