Review: The Faceless â€“ A Terry Sharp Story (GN)
The time is the early 1960s, the place is England, and the hero is Terry Sharp. By day, Terry is a famous movie director, known for filling the big screen with realistic horrors. By night, however, Terry faces down those horrors in real life.
As far as I can tell, this is the first and only Terry Sharp story (though it was originally published by Image in 2005), but from context, it’s clear that Terry has been dealing with the supernatural for some time. The beginning of this graphic novel drops us straight into the middle of his life and the beginning of his latest “case,” in which a group of Satanists determined to seize control of the British government attempt to do away with Terry and some of his acquaintances, fearing attempts to stop them.
While I haven’t read a ton of his work, I’ve been a fan of Robert Tinnell for a few years now, since his “Demons Of Sherwood” graphic novel was serialized on ComicMix.com. Tinnell has a knack for creating intricate worlds with a minimum of detail given to the reader, giving us the sense that there’s always something around the corner or on the next page to discover. He also writes action sequences that move quickly and end at just the right point, without feeling rushed, which can be a problem when writing an action story with a limited number of pages.
Adrian Salmon, an artist I’d previously only associated with 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, gives this book a style that is truly unique. At first glance, I found it a little odd, but the more I read, the more I liked it and realized it is a perfect fit for the book. The style is both reminiscent of art styles (“fine” art, rather than comic art) of the early 1960s, and feels much more British than an American artist could have brought to the book. Perhaps that’s just my associating him with his previous British comics work, but any reader would have to admit it is definitely different in a fantastic way.
This was a great book and I hope there are more Terry Sharp stories forthcoming. The fact that this older graphic novel is being republished next month by a new company (that has republished other of Tinnell’s works) is a great sign.