We’ve been covering the work of Owen D. Pomery for so long now that our earliest reviews are on the old Broken Frontier site from way back in 2013.
We probably summed up his back catalogue best in our recent review of one-shot Kiosk when we said: “Owen D. Pomery’s comics have often been characterised by a sense of place, space and environment. Hardly surprising given his architectural practice. It’s been evident in stories like Between the Billboards (later republished by Avery Hill with extensive supplementary material as Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture) which followed the life of a recluse living in a water tower at the top of a tower block, and in the multiple fleeting encounters of those who visited the environs of The Victory Motel.” Thoughtful, disconcerting, occasionally bleakly witty, and always highly atmospheric, Pomery’s comics and graphic narrative practice has ensured his place as one of the foremost creators to emerge from the UK small press renaissance of the early 2010s.
His new graphic novel British Ice comes to us via Top Shelf Productions and has now been solicited. Full details with a preview are in the press release below. This sounds prime Pomery territory and comes highly recommended by us here at Broken Frontier Towers. Get pre-ordering!
In this gripping Arctic-noir mystery, a whistleblowing diplomat grapples with the legacy of colonialism, far from the eyes of the world.
Working for the British High Commission, Harrison Fleet is posted to a remote arctic island which is still, inexplicably, under British rule. As he struggles to understand why, and what interests he is protecting, Harrison learns just how much of the land and its community lies in the shadow cast by the outpost’s founder.
Caught between hostile locals, the British Government, and an unforgiving physical environment, he begins dragging dark secrets into the light, unaware of the tragic repercussions they will cause. And help is very, very far away.
PRAISE FOR OWEN D. POMERY:
“A major talent.” — Forbidden Planet
“Quietly understated from one standpoint and yet at the same time profoundly expressive in delivery… stunning.” — Broken Frontier
by Owen D. Pomery
ISBN 978-1-60309-460-3 • Diamond: SEP190739
$14.99 (US) • two-color interiors • for mature readers (16+)
a 128-page softcover graphic novel with flaps • 7” x 9.25”
SHIPPING JANUARY 2020! • Read a 4-page preview.