Gail Williams is still in orbit...
Everything in town is closing down. Dying. What are the kids to do?
The circus comes to town. What are the kids to do? How about dying?
And there’s the problem. The Police don’t know what to do when two kids, who just happen to be the offspring of the man who owns most of the area, are kidnapped. One turns up, well bits of him do, with a message. Without another option, the Police send in the special armed forces. They get the heads of these clowns back, but that’s all.
So bring in the woman named in the message - Jane Silver. This lass has a history, she springs fully formed from the page. Chain smoking with a Mallen streak, she takes everything in her stride, which is quite long given legs that go all the way up, clad in lightly flared trousers, not to mention the converse bumpers. The matching brown duster coat is as lovely as her blue eyes.
Jane negotiates her freedom - yes we all want to know what she was in for - and when the cuffs come off she walks into the big top to deal with werewolves and dream muses as if it’s a stroll in the park.
Then we get to get the circus master and hear some surprising back story on Jane.
Have to say that the artwork, by Drew Moss, on this matches John-Paul Kamath’s story so well, slightly noire in feel, but also a with a sense of humour. A dark and slightly disturbing humour, I grant you, but I like it. Matt Dixon’s cover art representation of Jane is beautiful and slightly disconcerting - when did you last see a soul without pupils (in the eye, not kids to teach, the humour’s not that twisted).
If you’re wondering what happened to the guy (Edgar) from issue 1, well you’re just going to have to keep wondering. The purpose of Graveyard Orbit is to tell a series of one off stories that don’t fit into the creators London Horror Comic. The problem with this of course is, that people like me now want to know more about Jane, why was she in clink before? Where is going? What will she do when she gets there? How’s she going to get her coat back?
Graveyard Orbit isn’t available in most shops, I got my copies at London Film and Comic Con, but you can buy on-line at www.graveyardorbit.com.
I would thoroughly recommend this comic, to the point that I feel an odd sensation coming over me… I’m not am I? You know what, I think I am. I am going to give this one of my rare five out of fives. Read it, enjoy it, it’s great.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and
the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits
and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with
her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find
out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!