T’Bubs’14: Monstrosity by Zak Simmonds-Hurn

A mix of about a hundred different things at once, Monstrosity is returning to Thought Bubble this year. Written and drawn by Zak Simmonds-Hurn, who you may know for comics like ‘Simon Swift’ over at The Phoenix, this is a hyper-exaggerated, manic and over the top take on all kinds of different comic styles.

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The strongest element here, perhaps, is the demon-possessed body-dysmorphia sort of stuff that you see a lot of in something like, for example, Witchblade. The main concept here is that the lead character, Daigo, has been in some kind of mysterious accident which took his arm. However, when provoked, his arm suddenly grows back into a demonic shape, and turns out to be super-strong and eldritch-y. This leads him into the crosshairs of many different people, all of whom want to take his arm for their own purposes.

The structure of the story is all over the place in terms of inspirations, playing as some kind of maniac cross between Scott Pilgrim and Akira, but in a tone and voice all his own. It’s super-exaggerated at times, a world where anybody might get in a city-crushing fistfight at any time – but the art is best when detailing the fights, and the way things go off the rails prove to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the story so far.

Two issues have been published so far – they’ll both be at Thought Bubble. Find out more here, and below I’ll post a few random images from it below, too, just to give an idea of the kind of morphed/kinetic perspective that informs the style and storytelling of each issue (and were also all I could find online!):

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