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Lip Hook

Words by David Hine

Art by Mark Stafford

Hardback, 168 pp, $22.99

Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected byway, lies a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, this place is more than the end of the road – it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travellers choose the road to Lip Hook.

Then two fugitives emerge from the fog, seeking refuge at the Hanged Man Inn: a dangerously beautiful woman and a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase full of treasure. As the disruptive outsiders’ influence grows, a false faith grips the community, returning its followers to ancient ways and resurrecting a secret history perhaps best forgotten.

A dank tale of rural unease from creators David Hine and Mark Stafford, Lip Hook explores the nature of belief, the responsibilities of power and the tipping point where reason, logic and humanity begin to melt into the murk.


Mark Stafford


Mark Stafford writes, paints and draws. He is co-creator of the Cherubs! graphic novel with Bryan Talbot, and previously collaborated with Dave Hine on 'The Colour Out Of Space' for SelfMadeHero's The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I. He is the longstanding cartoonist-in-residence at The Cartoon Museum, London, and writes about cinema for Electric Sheep magazine.

David Hine


David Hine has been working in comics since the early 1980s. After his graphic novel Strange Embrace was published in the US, he was hired by Marvel to write several series, including District X, Daredevil: Redemption, Silent War and Spider-Man Noir. He also created Poison Candy for Tokyopop and The Bulletproof Coffin (with Shaky Kane) for Image. Recent work includes The FVZA for Radical and numerous books for DC, including Batman: Detective Comics, Azrael and The Spirit. He adapted the story 'The Colour Out of Space' for SelfMadeHero's The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I.