Wednesday, May 8, 2013

All Star Legends Presents: Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Vol 1

With the recent release of Ten Grand from Image by Ben Templesmith and J. Michael Straczynski, we thought it was time to showcase the amazing talent of one of the most dapper men in comics and introduce you to Templesmith's creator owned series,WORMWOOD GENTLEMAN CORPSE.

Wormwood is a set in a wonderfully dark and dangerous world, where demon strippers, clockwork enforcers and corpse possessing parasites are an everyday occurrence. A magnificent bastard of the highest order, Wormwood is an intelligent worm that resides in a dead body that he uses as a host to help him along his way of being a somewhat half arsed detective.

Coupled with a motley crew of friends/partners, Woodworm takes great delight in being somewhere between Sin City and Dusk Till Dawn.

If you aren't overly familiar with Ben's art style there is no way of avoiding it once you pick this book up. His work can be grotesquely scratchy and visceral on one page then darkly defined and sexy on the next. This is one of the most interesting aspects to the art on Wormwood, that like the story, from one page to the next there is absolutely no telling what you are going to get. Then of course there is the colouring which simply needs to be seen to be believed!

The black humorous tone of the series is also another highlight. Templesmith seems to revel in the loose moral fibre of this world he has created, where the loss of life is noticed but hardly that important to the main cast.

Ultimately the series has intensely interesting art along with tongue in a corpse decayed cheek sense of humor that is well worth a look in.

Of course if you like Ben's work here there is two more books in this series. Ten Grand is also out and on the shelves at the moment and some other titles you might want to look into are:
-Fell (Image)
-30 Days of Night (IDW)
-Choker (image)
-Welcome To Hoxford (IDW)

As always, the ALL STAR LEGEND will be available for 30 days (or until stock sells out) at the discounted price. As this will be a limited stock promotion there is strictly "no holds" on the legend.  First in, best read! No further discount applies to the book as there's a pretty good chance it will already be cheaper than the US cover price! The discount also only applies to the volume listed, not the entire series of trades.

If you have any questions, you know where to ask them. You can start to buy the Legend from this Thursday the 9th of May.

All Star Legends. The legendary titles of the highest recommendation.

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