Synopsis: Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg is a “fluffy noir anthology.” It’s a Kickstarter funded graphic novel featuring twelve interlinked tales of crime in a toy city. Detective Ruxby Bear and his old wooden soldier partner, Officer Hazbrow, have some grizzly murders to solve in the soda rain.
Review: My inner Victoriana loving child of the 80’s is doing cartwheels. Wooden soldiers mixed with teddy bears, tin elephants, plastic dolls. and action figure knock-offs. The lead character, Detective Ruxby, Bear, is a cross between Teddy Ruxpin and a care bear. His partner, Officer Hazbrow (the names are that obvious), is what happens when you put a wooden soldier from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker into a season of the UK drama Ripper Street.
Writer Brett Uren did wonderful work throughout, crafting a narrative that combined toy and noir tropes. That said, guest writers provided my three favorite stories. Script by Cy Dethan and art by Peter Mason, “Some Assembly Required” is an extremely affecting mix of Transformers and Requiem for a Heavyweight. Script, Line Art, and Lettering by Kieran Squires and colours by Faye Harmon, “A New Hopelessness” sees a Darth Vader knock-off rise from the pit of existential despair to become the charismatic leader of a new toy faith. Script by Janos Honkonen, art by Saoirse Louise Towler, and lettering by Mick Schubert, “The Big Wind Up” is Officer’s Hazbrow’s thematically and artistically perfect period piece backstory.
You can learn more about Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg and purchase it at http://torsobear.com
Editors – Brett Uren & Glenn Møane
Writers – Brett Uren, Glenn Møane, Cy Dethan, Brockton McKinney, Janos Honkonen, Frank Martin, Kieran Squires, Grainne McEntee & Jake Young
Artists – Brett Uren, Pete Rogers, Carlos Zamudio, Matt Rooke, Saoirse Towler, Joel Cotejar, Randy Haldeman, Harold Saxon, Jon Scrivens, Faye Harmon & Brian Traynor
Letterers – Brett Uren, Nic WIlkinson, Mick Schubert, Shawn Aldridge, Kieran Squires & Jon Scrivens
- tone and homages
- neon green font can be hard on the eyes