UPCOMING – Department Of The Peculiar

Published On June 21, 2012 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Upcoming

Rol Hirst (PJANG, The Jock) gets in touch to let us know about a new book he has out this autumn (fingers crossed) with art by Robert Wells (Crisp Biscuit Comics).

Department Of The Peculiar is a two issue series, on top of the much enjoyed round these parts Too Much Sex & Violence….. as here’s what it’s all about:

“a new British super-powered action/comedy/drama thingy about the government department established to investigate peculiar occurrences, people and phenomena.

You see, in Britain, super-powers are not seen as the next level in evolution… they’re something you go to the doctor about (if you can get an appointment). They make you feel, “a bit peculiar”. Bitten by a radioactive daddy longlegs? Your average Brit doesn’t put on a costume to fight crime… he takes two weeks off work and writes a letter of complaint to his local MP.”

“Into this weary world of whinge comes former American superhero Viral Mal, a man with a power that will sicken you. With just a click of his fingers, he can make you come down with anything from a sore throat to the bubonic plague… and he hates himself for it. You might think he’d fit in perfectly… but Mal has other ideas. Having left the States to get away from all the superhero slugfests and evil mastermind revenge plots, Mal wants nothing more than to disappear into a life of anonymous drudgery. But insidious, irascible and indestructible Department of the Peculiar director Lisa Cole has other ideas, enlisting Mal to join her elite squad of malingerers and misfits in the fight against the fantastic afflictions that threaten our once great nation…”

“Their very first case? High cholesterol gone bad. We guarantee: you’ll never eat a ready meal again…”

Full details to follow at the websites of Rol Hirst and Robert Wells. I’ve really enjoyed Hirst’s Too Much Sex And Violence, and this looks in a similar, interesting vein.

But in the meantime, Hirst was good enough to send along the first 5 pages for your viewing pleasure.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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