A robot inhabited by the spirit of a human and a rat with the soul of a demon, Ken Reynolds’ supernatural saga isn’t your average ye olde tale. A fiercely British take on powerful folklore, Cognition features the government-sanctioned duo undertaking duty for BOSS, the British Occult Secret Service. Imagine James Bond with a wand instead of a Walther PPK and, you’re getting there, sort of.
A weave of magic and detective work, this is a dark, enchanting book that tackles underhand tricksters and demons in its stride, with an impressively sardonic hue. Sam Bentley’s monochromatic renderings are strikingly resplendent; here is clearly an artist who takes malevolent delight in a bold, exclamatory splash page. Spellbinding.