Digital Comics Review: The Butcher of Banner Cross

In 2006 two gruesome murders take place in Banner Cross. The police are baffled and their investigation is complicated by the arrival of Watkins an Agent from the Office of Paradoxical and Unnatural Security (OPUS). Or rather it’s complicated by Watkins involving Punchline, an investigator who specialises in the paranormal, who is as much of a mystery as the murders he is investigating.

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What starts of as a simple (albeit brutal) murder becomes something else in this excellent 3-part story from CD Comics. There’s a lot going on in this story, but although you feel immersed, you never feel overwhelmed with the information coming your way. Combining investigative, paranormal and a geographic sense of the Steel City we get a story with a heart (and other organs of the body.) The story is excellently written with some character moments and some really good descriptive parts. The addition of local and interesting facts are a hallmark of CD Comics and add to the whole reading experience. When you get to the ending of the story, you do get a feeling that you should have thought of that – all the clues are there!

The art is well done, combining the gruesome butcher scenes with some nice reactive pieces – also giving you visual clues to the final conclusion, but you won’t know it!

I really enjoyed this story and the three parts make a compelling read contrasting the police procedural and the paranormal well that would transfer well on to the screen! Worth checking out.

You can get the comics at…

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craig-Daley/e/B0070OKNKQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=Craig+Daley

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