MILD TARANTULA, B/W, 112PP
Reviewed by Selina Lock
Teenage girl Ukin is afraid she is developing a brain tumour after suffering from severe migraines, though her Doctor is less than sympathetic. The truth is stranger than either of them expected as Ukin sprouts antlers, making her a target for the press, public, and a mysterious figure who’s following her. The story examines how the appearance of antlers affects Ukin and the relationships with those around her.
Fenton has developed an interesting art style, which is based on manga crossed with a scratchy cartoon influence. The art conveys extreme facial expressions and emotions to match the drama inherent in a tale of teenage woe. This is not just melodrama though, as Fenton deftly deals with concepts of family and acceptance. Recommended for those that like a little surrealism and mystery anchored by strong characters.
This review originally appeared in Prism; the newsletter of the British Fantasy Society.