GRAPHIC NOVEL
Sebastian O

Author: Grant Morrison
Artists: Steve Yeowell
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 1 84023 996 4
Available 24 September 2004


With the escapist skills of Houdini and the laser-sharp wit of Wilde, dandy Sebastian O is out for revenge on the members of a shadowy, sordid gentlemen's club that had him committed to a mental institution. With assassins, rogues and scallywags on his coattails, Sebastian must use his gun, his wits and his exquisite fashion sense if he is to triumph...

Sebastian O is a strange, quirky comic book - certainly not one that will appeal to everyone. Just why is olde Victorian Eng-er-land festooned with modern technology (a bit like the movie Wild Wild West - if you like) is anyone's guess. But, it does add a certain charm to the narrative.

You're really going to need a certain sense of humour to appreciate this, and while I found it entertaining, I wouldn't necessarily recommend Sebastian O to those who are still tied up in their tales of superheroes flying through the skies - this is much more of an acquired taste.

The art work is pretty fine, but I was a little disappointed to see that Titan are charging almost £10 for a very thin collection.

Ray Thompson

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