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on 19 May 2009
Grim, gritty and yet is still manages to be positive. The central character (hero?) is trying against all the odds to make things better. I loved how obviously frustrated he got with, well, everyone. Yet he keeps trying to do the right thing. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are a bit grubby, just the way I like it. The artwork fits the writing perfectly, and the story moves along briskly. Just try to give yourself time to finish it in one sitting, you won't want to put this book down.
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on 21 July 2009
I bought 'Cancertown' a few weeks ago and recently read it cover to cover. That's how compelling, funny, original and inventive it was! The main character is utterly convincing, seeking the truth in an otherwise false London reality. Composed of vicious beings and with a knack at entertaining the reader with its witty ramblings, 'Cancertown' is without a doubt one of the must-have graphic novels of 2009.
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on 18 May 2015
A man has access to a world that may or may not be real. Grant Morrison’s the Filth or Clive Barker’s Nightbreed are similar sorts of dual world stories but you can see its roots go back to Alice in Wonderland.

Although the protagonist might remind you of John Constantine, in look and feel, he develops his own identity and being British you grow to like him.

This book does a good job of balancing mystery, bizarre settings and eager pacing.

It drags you through the bumpy disorientation of entering a world that makes no sense and gives you enough breadcrumbs to believe you are uncovering its truths for yourself.

The art is great with firm inking for the real world and ragged pencils for the nightmare locations. Flashbacks, exposition and hallucinations all get their own style so you can see or feel something is wrong or different before you get told about it. Even the lettering has the occasional sparkle.

Some strong ideas passionately implemented by a new creative team.

Thumbs Up!
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on 30 May 2009
I was blown away by this book, must buy!!!!!!!!!

The artwork is sensational
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on 17 May 2009
Great read so dark but weird and existing not depressing, wonderful art work really talented and fresh.
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on 10 August 2010
Whilst I appreciate the effort and love that made this book (as shown by the making of section at the back) I can't see why this has such glowing reviews.

Warning bells went off when the glowing recommendation from the respected Bryan Talbot mentioned how it wasn't the same as Hellblazer and Felix Castor despite the fact that the protagonist is a bitter, ill, blonde haired, suit and raincoat wearing private detective with one foot in reality and the other in the supernatural. Looking at the cover you would have thought you were picking up a Hellblazer spin off.

The story and characters were derivitative and I found it very hard to care about any of it. Most of my time was spent hoping that it would get better. It didn't.
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