David Hine Strange Embrace

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Strange Embrace

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For the first time in trade paperback, Active Images presents David Hine's tortured modern gothic tale of madness, death and sexual longing. The world of Strange Embrace is one of pain and sorrow, obsession and damnation -- a world that twists and pollutes the lives of all that enter it.

Readers who like FROM HELL, SANDMAN, HELLBLAZER and Gothic Murder Mysteries will also enjoy STRANGE EMBRACE.

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There’s no getting away from it, Strange Embrace is dark. Strange Embrace is very... strange. In fact it’s just about as complex, compelling, and generally fucked-up as the Twentieth century which its protagonist – Anthony Corbeau – seems to represent.

In part psychological horror, in part an existentialist study of the classic "Outsider", this "graphic novel", unlike most of them, really does warrant the term ‘novel’. It has the emotional, thematic and historic sweep of a novel, but manages to retain the immediacy and cerebral impact of the best comic.

The narrative is intricate, shifting sometimes breathlessly between place, time and character: we are led into the story by little Sukumar, a product of late twentieth century multi-cultural Britain, into the past, into the strange, and into horror. And it is at times real horror.

Prepare to be shocked.

I first read Strange Embrace about nine years ago, shortly after it was first published. When David asked me to write a few words by way of introduction I of course wanted to re-read the comic. And I was a little concerned that I’d be disappointed. It can happen. I’d really enjoyed reading it the first time around. I had been moved and shocked and some of its scenes, images and characters – the implacably beautiful face of the African mask, the many scenes of sexual perversion, the young telepath Alex’s grin – had stayed with me for some time. And I was concerned that now, in a different century, in sometimes what seems like a different world, it would not touch me in the same way. I needn’t have worried. From the first page I was drawn into the bizarre story, led by poor Sukumar, and then Alex, and then Anthony Corbeau, through to the truly shocking revelations and Grand Guignols of the Byzantine plot...and finally arriving at the truly, truly shocking climax.

If you’ve read this book already you’ll know what I’m talking about. And you’ll do well to re-read it. If you have never read this book then you are in for a rare treat. But be prepared to be shocked. Because there’s no getting away from it.

Strange Embrace is dark.

And very strange.

by Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan resides in London, England and has written comics for over fifteen years. His works include X-FORCE, ENIGMA, SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, HUMAN TARGET and SKREEMER.

About the Author:

David Hine’s first published comics were in his own art college publications Primal Scream and Joe Public Comix. After college Dave produced Zero Comix for Record Mirror and was also published in several other English papers and magazines including New Musical Express, City Limits, Time Out and Sounds. He also contributed occasional strips for Knockabout Comix before landing a job as inker on Zoids at Marvel UK. Over the next few years Dave inked hundreds of pages for most of the Marvel UK weekly publications including the wonderful Care Bears and John Carnell & Andy Lanning’s creator-owned title The Sleeze Brothers. Steve Cook, who was designing for Fleetway, introduced Dave’s illustrations into the 2000AD spin-off, Crisis, which led to his assignment to the strip Sticky Fingers which was written by Myra Hancock. Dave also created a comic strip with stand-up comedian Tony Allen based on the events in Tiananmen Square which was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Before dedicating himself to full time commercial illustration Dave wrote and drew a series of short stories for Crisis, Revolver and Deadline, followed by three series of Mambo for 2000AD.

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