Jamie Delano & David Lloyd (3 stars)

The Territory (Dark Horse)


Repackaged as a hardback on the back of V for Vendetta and the forthcoming Kickback, this flight of fantasy (originally published as a four-part series in 1999) was artist David Lloyd’s first collaboration with writer Jamie Delano since their celebrated 1995 Hellblazer story, The Horrorist. Like that latter title, The Territory is a nightmare tale in which reality and fantasy is inexplicably intertwined as a man suffering from amnesia wakes up in a retro-futuristic world ruled by a tentacled terror known as The Gorgon.

In narrative and visual terms it’s a stylish mix and match of early 20th century fantasy fictions such as David Lindsay’s A Voyage to Arcturus and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter, Warlord of Mars, with a bit of Raymond Chandler thrown in. The dénouement is an all too familiar cop out and the storytelling doesn’t quite strike the right note of irony, but it’s entertaining escapism nonetheless.

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