Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Whatever Happened to the World's Fastest Man? Graphic Novel Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written and Co-Created By Dave West
Art and Co-Created By Marleen Lowe
Cover By Marleen Lowe and Andy Bloor

Published By Accent UK

Superhero, Drama


Life is a balancing act, every decision has positives and negatives.

Bobby Doyle has a fantastic ability which could save thousands of lives but at what price to himself?

Join Bobby as he faces the biggest decision of all in this acclaimed fantasy drama.


The more I am reading of the Accent UK back catalogue, the more titles I'm finding to devour from cover to cover.

That trend definitely continues with this release written by Dave West and with some truly brilliant art by Marleen Lowe.

The story on paper sounds like it would be a stereotypical superhero style story but if you were to walk away from it thinking that then you would do the story a massive disservice.  What we have here is a fantasy style drama with some superhero style elements but it's more a psychological look at how the character  decides what to do in an extreme situation and how it affects him.

I've not read a story that affecting in a graphic novel for a long time and it's the sort of story that can be  taken on many different levels right up to the heart wrenching ending.  I don't want to give anything away but it's the sort of story that really hooks you in right until the end and you can't help but root for him.

That feeling towards the character himself is helped by the superb artwork by Marleen Lowe.  The way she differentiates between the normal time and 'Doyle' time as he calls it is fantastic.  You'd think that having two different styles of art throughout the story would make it disjointed but it's drawn in such a way that it meshes really well with West's writing.  I'd not seen Lowe's work before but I'll definitely be checking it out a lot more after  reading this one.

If you haven't had a chance to read this emotional yet incredibly exciting story then you are really missing out.  If you have written it off as a mere superhero story then you are sorely mistaken.  You're missing out on an intelligent and affecting story that will really hook you in as well as some fantastic art that really fits the story completely.  That would be a massive shame.

Story 9/10
Art 9/10
Overall 18/20

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Pat,
    I was stunned when I got the first page from Marleen and saw how she'd managed to portray 'Doyle' time ... truely inspired. Glad you enjoyed the tale.
    Dave W