Innsmouth Free Press Reviews Marlow

marlow_cover.jpgInnsmouth Free Press recently reviewed Aaron Nelson’s Marlow! You can CLICK HERE to read the review in full, but below is an excerpt from it.

I love the art in Marlow, too, but for different reasons: It consists of crisp, violently-clear profiles; punchy action sequences; sharp black-and-white contrast that makes fights swift and brutal. I envy hard lines. I feel like they’re a sign of confidence when people can just draw thick, bold lines on a page. It requires a kind of self-assuredness that I lack in my art – I hide behind my shading, never wanting to commit to the kind of finality that is so present in the art of Marlow.

The writing is also bold. No vagueness, no shades of grey to be found in this storyline. It’s a one-two punch. Quick and dirty. There’s no time to react with Marlow – it opens with a swift strike to your soft, meaty parts and doesn’t stop until you’re on the floor. It doesn’t give you time to look for plotholes. You’ve got to plow forward – there’s no other option than to roll with the story because you know, if you pause for even half a second, it’s going to start throwing punches again.

Thank you to Innsmouth Free Press for the great review!

To order a copy of Marlow, keep reading!

ISBN: 978-1-897548-30-1

Diamond Code: SEP118014

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Written By: Aaron Nelson

Art By: Dario Carrasco

Marlow is a zombie story inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. It’s about one man’s journey into the darkness of his soul, and his discovery that perhaps we’re all zombies. Marlow is an ex-Marine caught in a dilemma impossible to solve: commit atrocious acts for a global corporation in order to receive medicine that keeps him from reverting to a zombie state, or walk away and suffer the fate of becoming some terrible creature. Struggling with his fears of his affliction and the monster he might become, Marlow abandoned his wife and young daughter, losing his dignity and freedom as he chose a nihilistic life. It is only during this journey told in the story that Marlow realizes that perhaps by avoiding suffering he has become like the zombies he so fears to become and that the only way out is to suffer his fate and become one. “Marlow is a zombie tale about suffering and its part in our humanity, and, in that sense, not about zombies at all.

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