THE BALLAD OF HALF-HANGED MACNAGHTEN

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: THE BALLAD OF HALF-HANGED MACNAGHTEN / AUTHOR: DANIEL MCLAUGHLIN / ARTIST: ADAM PESCOTT, DANNI COYLE / PUBLISHER: UPROAR COMICS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

The Ballad of Half-hanged MacNaghten is a short (36 page) grey-wash comic based on the urban myths surrounding Anglo-Irish gambler and ne’er-do-well John MacNaghten who lived between 1722 and 1761. It was produced by Uproar Comics, a publisher based in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The story follows MacNaghten living the high-life at Trinity College before succumbing to the lure of gambling, drinking and womanising, before frittering away his inheritance. He escapes Dublin to return home to Derry where he tries to settle down, finds love, and exploits the generosity of his friend Andrew Knox. Of course there is more to the story and MacNaghten is a rogue who it is hard to find lovable - hard that is for everyone except for Mary Ann, the daughter of his friend.

Everything ends badly and MacNaghten is tried for murder. Why is he called half-hanged? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Visually the style is fully fleshed-out and evocative; some of the artwork reaches out and pulls the reader into the story, which moves along at a pace. The characters show real expression and the story is a decent read. The grey-wash adds a particular effect: rather than shades of black, the artwork has the effect of suggesting illumination rather than shadows and several frames look illuminated creating a distinct style.

The Ballad of Half-hanged MacNaghten is well-priced in print and an absolute steal as a digital download.
 

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.

CLICK TO BUY!

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB:


Suggested Articles:
The port town of Stonehaven in northeast Scotland has come under the scourge of bloodsucking undead.
Everyone knows Sherlock’s story, but what about his older – and apparently smarter -brother Mycr
Is the voice the seat of the soul? Sound engineer Hermann Karnau thinks so, and he’s obsessed with
Leah Moore and John Reppion’s graphic adaptations of stories by M.R. James continue in this second
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE 14 October 2017

MYCROFT HOLMES AND THE APOCALYPSE HANDBOOK 03 October 2017

VOICES IN THE DARK 03 October 2017

ALIEN TOILET MONSTERS #1 03 October 2017

GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY 2 02 October 2017

MOMENTS OF ADVENTURE – COLLECTION TWO 29 September 2017

THE LIZARD 29 September 2017

ATARI SWORDQUEST 29 September 2017

THE SHOWDOWN VOL. 2: THE RACE FROM HELL 28 September 2017

P M BUCHAN'S HANGOVER 28 September 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner