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Sunday 21 March 2021

Hexagon Comics Tales of the Twilight People: Dr. Despair

Marc Agapit & Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier; cover by Alex Tuis.
7x10 squarebound trade paperback, 
148 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1-61227-457-7.
US$12.95/GBP £6.99  

Stormshadow, shaman of the Twilight People, introduces the tale of a man who survives a car crash, but finds himself trapped in a private clinic at the mercy of its lunatic owner, the terrifying Doctor Despair. The Doctor seeks to use him as a pawn in a monstrous scheme of revenge against the wife who once betrayed him. 

The hero struggles to save her, but in Doctor Despair’s asylum, no one is ever sure of what is a lie and what is the awful truth... 
There is some background info on this story as well as a brief interview with Agapit and though we know who drew the cover and intro there is no internal art credit unless this was drawn by Lofficier? The characters -main and side ones- all work well and those additional "side characters" drew my eye to them because, if this were a film instead of a comic, those are the ones people would be talking about. 

How do you tell people what goes on without ruining the story for them? In the case of this book you really cannot as it all fits in so well and leads to the climatic final page. £6.00 for a 148 page book is excellent and if you like your horror then you will enjoy this and for all ofthe horror comic fans out there who insist on trying to buy any horror related comic they can -guess what? I'd say this one was for you.

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