Mike Garley et al.'s Samurai Slasher has been around the UK indie comics scene for a while. It feels sometimes you can't go a single show here in the UK without seeing Samurai Slasher, Garley and many of the artists and collaborators who have helped him bring his vision of classic 80s shock horror to life.
However, Samurai Slasher: Late Fees is a slightly different affair.
Samurai Slasher has always been fun escapism and a glorious thrill ride through a love affair with gory, exploitation horror films of the 70s and 80s, looking back on those twisted tales with a wry wink and a grin. The comics released to date have been gory and violent, and fun.
Late Fees, however, adds something else which if not missing from previous entries, is head and shoulders more obvious and powerful here: heart.
Late Fees, surprisingly, brings the feels. It's still a wonderful, fun escapist look at the joy of schlocky horror cinema and the wide-eyed escapism it provides, particularly in those perhaps too young to legally see them. But in Late Fees, Garley, artist Lukasz Kowalczuk and colourist/letterer Lukasz Mazur tell a tale that artfully juxtaposes the joy of those films with the tough realities of the lives we live.
A short, sharp story that stabs right to the heart of the reader in just the right way, Samurai Slasher: Late Fees is, ultimately, beautiful and heart-breaking. Late Fees is also a self-contained story, so does not require you to have read any of the previous entries in the Samurai Slasher oeuvre, but I highly recommend that you do check them out.
Late Fees, the 36 page comic, will be launching with a limited run of 666 copies with a spot gloss cover, at Orbital Comics in London on September 8th, 2017. Garley will be on hand to sign, and knowing him, make a witty sarcastic remark that will leave you remembering him when you leave. And then when you read his comic, he'll break your heart and you'll smile.