White Knuckle – A Preview

Waiting for the latest story from the pen of Cy Dethan is a little like waiting for Christmas to roll around again. Rather than waiting for me to camp out at his house for a sneek peak, I was lucky enough to read the first issue of White Knuckle which Cy’s latest work and once again he threatens to surpass his previous stories.

White Knuckle #1 hits the reader square between the eyes with an opening salvo of terror, depravity, sadness and loss. Like all of Cy’s recent work and many other creators I could mention White Knuckle #1 once again shows that comics as a medium can tackle just about any subject matter and do so in a powerful and evocative manner.

The art by Valia Kapadi is hauntingly beautiful, fits the tone and emotion of the story managing to leave some of the images fresh in my mind long after I had  read the first issue.  Kapadi’s attention to detail adds so many neat little touches that the issue demands to be reread. In fact, a particular extreme personality trait of one of the main characters was gleamed first from the art and then was confirmed later in the issue through the dialogue.

In the past I’ve seen art which is fantastic but lacks the ability to convey the emotions of the character and give me any real empathy for the story, not so here.

The graphic novel launches at Bristol Comic Convention in May and I cannot wait to read the rest of the story, although I do get the feeling things are about to get a whole lot darker.

Opening The Throttle:  A First Look At White Knuckle

Cy Dethan and Valia Kapadai have created a killer.

Forty years ago, Seth Rigal was a man to be feared – a serial strangler with a string of victims. Now nearly seventy and tormented by a lifetime of monstrous violence, Rigal lives on the verge of poverty and quietly waits for the death he knows he deserves. Tortured and confused, still tormented by the drives that made him a killer in his youth, Rigal finds himself almost unconsciously stalking the daughter of his final victim – only to have his precious anonymity snatched from him when he accidentally saves her son’s life. Seth Rigal, formerly known as the Gripper, just became a local celebrity.

The bodies won’t stay buried any longer.

Due for release in May 2012 White Knuckle is Cy Dethan’s latest graphic novel to be published by Markosia , and sees him teamed with internationally acclaimed Greek artist Valia Kapadai to create a complex and intense psychological thriller, distorting the ever-popular “retired gunslinger” motif into a rain-slick urban fantasy of murderous men and the needs that drive them.

Described as  “Unforgiven meets Harry Brown – and strangles him,” you can read a preview of the first eleven pages at MyEbook.com

Myebook - White Knuckle - click here to open my ebook

Pre-orders are now open but if you want to put your name down on the list now (no payment required until they open) over at www.cydethan.com.

Why would you do this? Well, the first 20 people to do so will have the opportunity to be drawn into the book as part of the Gripper’s case files, and everyone who pre-orders will have the chance to win a piece of original art by Valia Kapadai of the characters in the book.

All pre-orders get their copies signed by the whole team, of course.

We are hoping to be able to get some more goodies for those who pre-order as well – so watch this space for news!

Pre-order price will be £10 instead of £12.99 (+ postage of £2 UK, £4 rest of world or free to collect from the launch at Bristol Comics Convention in May 2012)

You can keep up to date on the latest news about the book at the White Knuckle Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Knuckle-Comic/  or at the creators’ websites www.cydethan.com orhttp://neurotic-elf.deviantart.com.

GS Reporter: Nuge

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