“Curtain of Silence” is an excellent, tight take on the trope of a selfish athlete (here, a cyclist) who learns to change under adversity (in this case, being made mute via an accident which also leads to her cycling enslavement behind the Iron Curtain – yep, always a WTF take on it in girls’ comics!).
“The Darkening Journey” is an animal story beautifully-drawn by Casanovas; from the point of view of the dog and bird protagonists, we see an agonizingly long drawn-out attempt to return to the girl owner. Beautifully-drawn, yes, but sentimental and not my cup of tea.
I have a soft spot for “Kerry In The Clouds” but not for any very good reason that I can articulate: the main character is a head-in-the-air type who is flattered by the attention she receives from the famous Gail Terson, though Gail turns out to be a nasty sort underneath. I think the reason for my soft spot is the art, which is odd because in “Sceptre of the Toltecs” the same artist comes across as a bit stiff and upright to me. Perhaps it’s just that there are some covers with “Kerry” on them that I have a nostalgic fondness for, having looked at them many times over the years.
Stories in this issue:
- Creepy Crawley (artist Trini Tinturé)
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Gypsy Rose, ‘A Storm of Vengeance’ (artist Jim Baikie)
- Curtain of Silence (first episode) (artist Terry Aspin)
- Alley Cat
- The Robot Who Cried (writer Malcolm Shaw, artist Rodrigo Comos)
- The Darkening Journey (artist José Casanovas)
- Kerry In The Clouds (artist Emilia Prieto, writer Alan Davidson)
- Spell of the Spinning Wheel (artist Jim Baikie, writer Alison Christie)