COGNITION

Comic Heroes - - State Of Independents - Story by Ken Reynolds Art by Sam Bent­ley cog­ni­tion­comic.big­car­tel.com

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.

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