The Edge Off Is A New Comic Steeped in “Nightmare Noir”

A new indie comic from an established team.

The Edge Off is an upcoming one-shot 24 page full colour surreal crime comic by writer Fraser Campbell (Alex Automatic), artist Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone) colour artist David B. Cooper (Face Down in the Mud) and letterer Colin Bell (Image, Boom!, Dark Horse), which will begin crowdfunding on Kickstarter next month.

The creative team provided us with the following official synopsis for The Edge Off:

Lee Butler was always the old man’s favourite, but now the old man is gone and Eddie, the son who always felt usurped by Lee, is calling the shots. When Lee wakes up to find himself spiked with a new designer psychotropic and his daughter kidnapped, he figures Eddie has worked out that Lee has been moonlighting for one of his rivals. Desperate to get his daughter back, Lee sets off into a swirling nightmare of danger and double cross, his perceptions fried, unable to tell which monsters are real and which are imagined. As the night unfolds, Lee finds himself compelled to run a violent gauntlet towards a confrontation that will force him to face up to every terrible decision he’s ever made.

When approaching The Edge Off, creators Iain & Fraser reportedly “wanted to blend Fraser’s love of noir, crime thrillers and action with Iain’s signature brand of unsettling horror inspired by figures such as David Lynch, Jeff Lemire and Daniel Clowes.” Along with those infleunces, they also were inspired by “the woozy thrum of Performance, the acid fried perplexity of Inherent Vice and the dour grime of British mob films like Get Carter and The Long Good Friday” to create “…a nightmare noir, that takes the main character on a terrifying journey he doesn’t even realise he’s on until it’s far too late for him to turn back.”

The Edge Off comics panels

The comic will be released to backers following a Kickstarter funding campaign in April 2018. We’ll also be doing a full review of The Edge Off around that time too, so keep an eye out for it at the end of April! The Edge Off will then be officially launched at UK comic con Thought Bubble, which this year is running from the 17th-23rd of September 2018. Other creators currently scheduled to attend the convention include Saladin Ahmed, Magdalene Visaggio, Greg Rucka, Leslie Hung and many more.

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