Samurai Slasher Returns With Special Limited Edition Orbital Comics Launch

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: Late Fees
Samurai Slasher: Late Fees art by Lukasz Kowalczuk and Lukasz Mazur

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.

Samurai Slasher: Late Fees
Samurai Slasher: Late Fees art by Lukasz Kowalczuk and Lukasz Mazur

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.

About Joe Glass

Joe Glass has been contributing to Bleeding Cool for about four years. He's been a roaming reporter at shows like SDCC and NYCC, and also has a keen LGBTQ focus, with his occasional LGBTQ focus articles, Tales from the Four Color Closet. He is also now Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent thanks to his obsession with Marvel's merry mutants.

Joe is also a comics creator, writer of LGBTQ superhero team series, The Pride, the first issue of which was one of the Top 25 ComiXology Submit Titles of 2014. He is also a co-writer on Stiffs, a horror comedy series set in South Wales about call centre workers who hunt the undead by night. One happens to be a monkey. Just because.

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