Comic Review: TABATHA #1 (T-Pub)

Luke is a mailman with a route in the heart of Los Angeles. He has an awkward but likable way about him and is an easy-going, if typical, protagonist in […]
TABATHA #1

TABATHA #1

Luke is a mailman with a route in the heart of Los Angeles. He has an awkward but likable way about him and is an easy-going, if typical, protagonist in a story like this. He has a crush on one of the women he delivers to – a woman of Asian descent with a tattoo of Kermit the Frog on her arm. He is looking for the right time to ask her out, but he tends to put his foot in his mouth. He lives with another couple to help share the expenses and helps mediate their arguments.

However, it turns out our mail carrier has a secret. He, along with his roommates and another friend, are a team of burglars. They break into the homes of unsuspecting persons along his mail route and reap the rewards.

One night, the team breaks into a home that seems to be any science fiction fan’s dream. It is filled monsters, movie props and pieces from other cinematic masterpieces. At one point, one of the crew finds a giant doll and poses it to simulate a sex act on a monster from the move “Predator.” However, the doll blinks.

Luke then opens a freezer to find several body parts. To his horror, the arm he picks up an arm that has a tattoo of Kermit the Frog.

It is then quintet realize they need to leave as soon as possible. Luke finds himself conflicted and debates whether to phone the police, he then takes matters into his own hands and that’s where this story takes off.

Neil Gibson, the writer and creator, is one of the best writers in the world of comic books today. He brings a level of depth and ingenuity to his stories that few writers can repeat. His stories do not rely on the classic tropes of extraterrestrials, monsters, the paranormal or science fiction to entertain. Instead he relies on classic thrill making. His work reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock. The art by Caspar Wijngaard is amazing and really brings Gibson’s work to life in a detailed and creepy way.

Gibson is the future of comic books and this comic proves it.

Check our interview with Gibson here and pick up Tabatha here.

TABATHA #1
T-Pub
Neil Gibson, Writer
Caspar Wijngaard, Artist
Comicrafts’s Jimmy Betancourt, Letters
Caspar Wijngaard & Anja Poland, Colors

About Don Smith

Before self publishing 'Ghost Investigator' under the Spirited Comics Publication banner, Smith has written comic books for Heske Horror and Bluewater Comics. His bio comics, 'Political Power: Ronald Reagan' and 'Political Power: Rush Limbaugh' garnered national attention on 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' and 'The New York Times.' His upcoming comic 'American Defenders: The Army' gives a history of the United States Army. Smith also garnered acclaim with his latest history book, THE GOFFLE ROAD MURDERS OF PASSAIC COUNTY, that detailed the first murders in Passaic County, New Jersey and their unusual connection the administration of President William McKinely and Vice President Garret Hobart. Visit his site at http://donsmithwrites.wordpress.com.