Adamtine. Graphic Novel Review

AdamtineADAMTINE by Hannah Berry

Jonathan Cape, p/b, £14.99


Reviewed by Selina Lock

Four strangers are on the last train home when it stops and they find they are the only ones left in the darkness. Alongside this storyline is one concerning Rodney Moon’s acquittal and disappearance. Rodney is thought to be a mass murderer as he was the last man to see a random collection of people before they went missing. He always maintained his innocence, that he merely passed notes on to those people from the bogeyman.

This is a complex story, which slowly unfolds in a number of flashbacks which are interwoven with the train storyline. Berry does a wonderful job of conveying a slow, creeping horror and tense atmosphere. Keeping the mystery involving right up to the end of the book.

The connections between all the characters are skilfully revealed, but not immediately obvious, so I think that a re-read will be very rewarding in spotting the more subtle clues.

One of the things that makes the book compelling is Berry’s superb artwork. Considering that many of the panels depict the interior of a train or close-ups of people’s faces it manages to keep everything looking interesting. This is partly due to the choice of panel shots and the sense of character emerging from people’s expressions. The colour palette also evokes the right atmosphere and has one of the best uses of black in any comic I’ve seen. Though due to the darkness of some pages I would suggest reading this is good light so you don’t miss any of the details.