|Spirit Of The Highwayman
Spirit Of The Highwayman © David Hitchcock
The setting of the story is the village of Autree in
1739. Law and order has broken down, it seems, and the local squire, Septimus
Blenkinsop, has taken to hanging both innocent and guilty alike. It soon
becomes clear that his motives are not only to do with the restoration of
peace to the village. For this is tale of devils and demons, of ghoulies
and ghosties and spirits and buried treasure. And pretty good it is too.
This is an impressive A4 size, perfect bound black and white self published
graphic novel. It is a revised, collected edition of a work originally produced
in three parts in the early 1990s. It is well drawn in pen with pencil shading.
There is lots of action, with fights, fires and chases and plenty of changes
of scene. There are good ghosts helping the good guys and evil monsters
bursting forth from the stygian depths to liven things up. There's
even an ironic ending.
A useful list of characters can be found on the inside cover and a gallery
of illustrations at the back. Bryan Talbot, Alex Ross and
Dez Skinn say complimentary things on the back cover, and who am I to
argue? (Well, I might but they're right).
This book is now (2004) out of print so even if you wanted to part with
£6 you are too late. However David has been thinking of re-issuing
the work in yet another format. So keep your eyes open. Why not have a look
at his website and
weblog and see
what else he has to offer.
| Spirit Of The Highwayman:
52 A4 pages, squarebound, glossy card cover.
|Price: £6/$10.95 (+P+P?) (05ii05:
presently sold out)
David Hitchcock, 18 Woodhurst Close, Derwent Heights, Derby, DE21 4SG.
Received at ZUM! HQ:
not noted - probably picked up at Bristol