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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Savoy Books; First edition (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861301242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861301249
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "Seregil of Rhiminee" on 29 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
Warning! This graphic novel is only suitable for mature adult readers. It contains so much controversial and disturbing material that it can only be recommended for adults (and especially to adults who aren't easily shocked).

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm was a fascinating, unsettling and challenging reading experience for me, because it was totally different from the graphic novels that I had read previously (it was a much darker and more thought-provoking than the graphic novels that I had read).

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is an omnibus edition of the Reverbstorm graphic novels. It contains a prelude, 8 parts and an appendix. Parts 1-7 were previously published in serial format, but this is the first time that Part 8 has been published in book format.

The events are set in a frightening and nightmarish dreamscape where a weird fantasy version of 1930s New York and the cruel death camps of Auschwitz meet each other in a brutally shocking and surreal way.

Several adjectives and terms may be used to describe the contents of Lord Horror: Reverbstorm, but the best way to describe its contents is to say that it's a stunningly original, unforgettably disturbing and thought-provoking graphic novel for adults. David Britton and John Coulthart have created a weird and ruthless graphic novel which will leave readers shocked and stunned by the weirdness of the narrative and artwork.

The narrative of this graphic novel differs greatly from other graphic novels, because there isn't a clear narrative. The lack of clear narrative makes the artwork all the more powerful, which is good, because the drawings are as important as the prose.
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"Demons swarm baby, in a Reverbstorm" 26 April 2013
By Professor Nobody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It takes a mind of ferocious intent to hold so much darkness and express it so transcendently. Though one wouldn't think transcendence is a word compatible with Britton's writing, this project co-created with artist John Coulthart for over two decades certainly achieves something along those lines.

With all the references to modern art and devilish '50s Rock'n'Roll, one would be forgiven the assumption that the book exists as a frenetic collage of high culture, low entertainment and bad taste. But that would be easy. And Savoy has never been a publisher of easy material.

Plunge into Reverbstorm, absorb it, and forget what graphic narrative art can do. The scatology isn't just for shock, the hate isn't just for satire.

This book captures a raucous hell with such clarity, it deserves to be feared. The Lord Horror mythos has always captured my imagination and Reverbstorm, for me, supersedes almost all that has been written before.

The black memory of holocaust and hate has never been examined quite like this. So few modern artists, especially authors, are possessed of enough conviction to make truly dangerous art. Anymore we are all consumed by McSweeny's acolytic fluff, masturbatory fodder for upper-middle class bohemians self-convinced of their exemption from ignorance and pain.

Britton's dark heart news is the cancerous heart of our benediction. He has earned his right to have fun with it, most of us have yet to pay our dues.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A challenging and deeply disturbing graphic novel 29 April 2013
By "Seregil of Rhiminee" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Warning! This graphic novel is only suitable for mature adult readers. It contains so much controversial and disturbing material that it can only be recommended for adults (and especially to adults who aren't easily shocked).

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm was a fascinating, unsettling and challenging reading experience for me, because it was totally different from the graphic novels that I had read previously (it was a much darker and more thought-provoking than the graphic novels that I had read).

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is an omnibus edition of the Reverbstorm graphic novels. It contains a prelude, 8 parts and an appendix. Parts 1-7 were previously published in serial format, but this is the first time that Part 8 has been published in book format.

The events are set in a frightening and nightmarish dreamscape where a weird fantasy version of 1930s New York and the cruel death camps of Auschwitz meet each other in a brutally shocking and surreal way.

Several adjectives and terms may be used to describe the contents of Lord Horror: Reverbstorm, but the best way to describe its contents is to say that it's a stunningly original, unforgettably disturbing and thought-provoking graphic novel for adults. David Britton and John Coulthart have created a weird and ruthless graphic novel which will leave readers shocked and stunned by the weirdness of the narrative and artwork.

The narrative of this graphic novel differs greatly from other graphic novels, because there isn't a clear narrative. The lack of clear narrative makes the artwork all the more powerful, which is good, because the drawings are as important as the prose.

The roots of this graphic novel lie in speculative and surreal fiction, because Torenbürgen is an alternate world in which sadisctic wants and pleasures, modern culture and history meet each other with an explosive power. The power of the exaggerated images and surreal happenings is simply amazing and overwhelming, because the authors make sure that the reader will think about what's going on.

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is an amazing tour de force of science fiction, alternate history and horror elements. The authors of this graphic novel have lots of imagination and aren't afraid to shock readers in unexpected ways by using these elements as tools to push readers out of their comfort zones (the war time horrors that can be found within the pages of this novel are truly disturbing).

All the happenings and most of the drawings are full of surreal elements. These surreal elements are intriguing, because they evoke memories in the readers' minds and readers have to think about them in order to understand what their purpose is. The authors have clearly understood that everything doesn't have to be explained and revelead to the readers, because there are lots of intelligent readers who know how to use their brains and are able to figure things out for themselves.

The humans in this graphic novel are targets of cruelty and sadistic degradation, so readers who are easily shocked will have a lot to handle. The authors show their readers a stunning range of cruelty from war time horrors to evisceration and from degradation to sadomasochism. This graphic novel is almost like a pitch-black satire about urban decay and decadence gone too far.

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is sexually and violently *very* explicit and it takes the readers as far away from their comfort zones as possible. The authors push the boundaries of good taste, political correctness and horror in unexpected ways and create an unforgettable and harrowing reading experience. The scenes of evisceration and sexual acts are amazingly brutal and explicit, because everything is shown in vivid details. These scenes force the readers to relate to the gritty and sick happenings, which is something that only a handful of artists and authors are capable of achieving.

I have to admit I was surprised that the authors had managed to add a few weird fiction elements to the storyline (the whole story is genuinely surreal and weird, but there are certain references to weird fiction). It was interesting to see that weird fiction has inspired David Britton and John Coulthart so much that they've added weird fiction elements to this graphic novel. I have to mention that the Soul of the Virgin Mary that drifted through the sky reminded me of Lovecraftian monsters and also of the grotesque biomechanical monsters created by H. R. Giger.

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is a truly unforgettable, perverse, disturbing and challenging graphic novel that lingers on your mind for a long time after reading it. The biggest part of its power comes from John Coulthart's stunningly beautiful and skillfully made drawings. John Coulthart's art reminds me of Clive Barker's art and Books of Blood stories. Coulthart's art is at times fascinatingly similar to Barker's art, but also different, because the artist has his own drawing style.

The artwork by John Coulthart is amazingly detailed and beautiful. His pen and ink drawings are among the best I've ever seen, because they're exquisitely detailed works of art that reveal the raw power of the happenings and draw the reader into a dark and gloomy world. These drawings don't glorify sex and violence in any way, but show all the little details with gut wrenching clarity and make the readers wonder how it is possible that the artist has managed to visualize everything so perfectly. (The artist's official website contains page samples.)

I think that John Coulthart's explicit art is excellent, because he has the talent of shocking and seducing readers with his drawings. Because I like John Coulthart's art, I intend to read his Lovecraftian graphic novel in the near future (it has been praised so much that I had to put it on my reading list).

I also liked David Britton's brutal and surprising script, because he made me think about the violent happenings and why they are as brutal and rough as they are. In my opinion this graphic novel can be seen as a powerful statement against hate and brutality, but I'll write more about this a bit later.

It's amazing how well the authors have added rock'n'roll elements to the story and how many references there are to popular culture. These elements emphasize the weird atmosphere of the story in a fascinating way. For example, David Britton and John Coulthart refer to Picasso, James Joyce, Humpty Dumpty, Tarzan etc. (This novel is stock full of references to popular culture.)

Lord Horror: Reverbstorm can be seen as a different kind of an art book and a surreal graphic novel. It succeeds in being both, because it's a unique book. Depending on the reader and his/her views about things it can be interpreted in several different ways. Nothing is clear in this book, because the reader has to make his/her own opinions about the happenings. I'm sure that when readers finish reading Lord Horror: Reverbstorm, they won't forget the drawings they've seen, because they won't be easily forgotten.

As I already mentioned, Lord Horror: Reverbstorm can be seen as a powerful statement against brutality and hate. This message may not be found easily, because the drawings and happenings are deeply disturbing, but a careful reader will probably notice that the violent happenings are so surreal and over-the-top that they've been created that way for the purpose of making the readers think about the brutality of the happenings. The readers will probably begin to think how much hate and violence do people have to tolerate and how is it possible that people are beings subjected to cruelty. I have to confess that I was very surprised to see how deeply and uninhibitedly the authors explored hate and all things related to it.

I'm sure that Lord Horror: Reverbstorm will split the readership to those who love it and to those who hate it. It will definitely not be to everybody's liking, but why should it please everybody - weird, explicit and thought-provoking art has always managed to shock and annoy people and it will keep on doing so.

It's easy to understand why this graphic novel may be a bit too much for certain readers, but readers of dark fiction, horror, bizarro fiction and weird fiction probably won't be shocked by its contents. I think that most horror readers are used to explicit material, because there are a couple of authors who use this kind of controversial material in their stories.

The brutal and savage prose highlights the shocking images. This kind of a unique combination of savage prose and shocking elements reminds me quite a lot of bizarro fiction, because bizarro fiction often aims to shock people and challenge their expectations of good taste. I guess I could say that Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is the graphic novel equivalent of a bizarro novel.

Before I write the final paragraphs of this review, I'll mention that in my opinion David Britton and John Coulthart have had lots of ambition when they decided to begin working on this graphic novel. It's possible that several other author would've given up easily, but not Britton and Coulthart, because they've done their best to create a memorable and challenging graphic novel.

In my opinion Lord Horror: Reverbstorm can be recommended to readers who have read Clive Barker, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard and Harlan Ellison, and are used to controversial material. It can also be recommended to readers who enjoy reading challenging graphic novels and want to read thought-provoking material. This graphic novel isn't a nice and easy-to-read graphic novel (it's far from easy and nice), but it's a rewarding reading experience to those who aren't afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones.

If you aren't afraid of being shocked and want to experience something different, you should consider reading Lord Horror: Reverbstorm, because it's definitely something different. It's an unforgettable reading experience for those who have the stomach to tolerate its contents.
Great content, crappy binding. 15 Mar. 2013
By ACA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love the look and feel of this volume and the illustrations are otherworldly wicked. Not a linear graphic novel if that's what you're expecting, but more of a bizarro/horror feel. However, I was more than disappointed when I discovered that the product had shipped as new but came with a cracked back cover that was almost falling off.
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