Gail Williams saddles up for another issue of The Steam Man.
The language is ripe from the get go in issue #4 of The Steam Man, but then when you’re under attack from Morlocks, I suppose colourful language is forgivable.
While the Morlocks rage inside, ably fought back by Feather, Captain Beadle and his crew get the Steam Man to rip the head off the Morlock Wicker Man, and defeat him to go after the Dark Rider.
The Dark Rider puts the key in the engine and gets on his mechanical horse. I can’t say that this is the best drawn piece, but it remains a steam horse all the same.
The team are getting ready to attack when a Morlock looms out of the background and clamps his jaws into Beadle’s shoulder. Hamner gets a cracking shot before Feathers takes the things head off, though its jaws stay clamped on Beadles shoulder.
Now clever old Dark Rider uses the same tactics on The Steam Man as the Rebel Alliance used against the AT-ATs on Hoth, he trips the Steam Man and it falls flat. Looks like Steam Man might be dead, and Hamner definitely is. Of course Morlock numbers totally overrun the Steam Man’s crew. Then the Dark Rider has his minions drag the crew back to his “garden”.
What he does to them there… well read issue #4 yourself if you have the stomach for it.
I have to say that I'm not sure what I think of this issue. I mean, I don’t have any problem with the horror aspects, but I tend to like my horror to move the story on rather than just be horrific. There again, I don’t actually think it was that realistic. Visceral, but not very realistic. I suppose it does demonstrate the Dark Riders nature in his acceptance of reality, but little else.
On the upside, the issue does ends on a cracking line.
I think a three out of five for this one.
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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
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