New British Comics No 2 (4 stars)

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New British Comics No 2

(www.polygobooks.com)

This second compendium of New British Comics actually surpasses the first collection. It’s longer, more consistent in quality and once again showcases some emerging British artists and writers. And while there’s a pleasingly strong Scottish bias, the title is a bit of a misnomer as the anthology includes a handful of Polish and South African talent as well.

Dan White gives us a dark childhood tale in ‘Last Summer’; Dave Thomson’s ‘Feeding Spiders’ is a sharp sci-fi take on news values; Rob Miller offers a surreal look at the underbelly of Scottish life in ‘The Last Drop’ while Craig Collins and Iain Laurie keep things bizarre with the blackest of comedies. There are a couple of duff stories here but on the whole this is strong and varied work.

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