Writer: Cy Dethan
Artist: Graeme Howard
Release Date: 11/28/2012
The first Cancertown was just fantastic. It told the slow-spiraling downfall of a terminally ill brain cancer patient who has a disease that makes him think he’s already dead. He then slips into Cancertown — a place full of complicated politics between monsters for who controls the town. The second volume tells the further demise of Vince Morley and the final struggle to get rid of Cancertown or help find another ruler.
You can already tell from the excellent art that Vince is too far gone. His hair is really long, he hasn’t shaved in weeks, it also looks like he hasn’t bathed in a while. A girl from his apartment continues to bug him and slowly falls in love with him. Vince finds out he can now come in and out of Cancertown freely without crossing points. Sarah ends up in an asylum and the doctors are curing her. This is causing disorder in Cancertown and all the players are trying to convince Vince to stay except one — Papercut. She plays a huge role in this series, but there’s a surprise ending and I love it.
There’s a lot of action and fighting in this one because everyone just starts brawling with each other. Vince’s ambassador skills aren’t working so well and everyone has had enough, especially since Piecemaker is gone, no one is there to stop them. What we get here is a great conclusion to a very original dark story, and it goes out with a nice bang. The story is still a bit confusing, and even after it was all said and done I didn’t quite figure some stuff out. Was Vince really diagnosed with a brain tumor or did his disease tell him he has one? There are a few flashbacks to a psychologist visit, but I’m not so sure his disease was making him imagine he had it. Or did he have the brain tumor that was causing the disease? It’s never really clear but I guess that’s the point.
Cancertown is an amazing comic series and any horror fan should read it. It’s a deep psychological horror and the good ones rarely come around. Just be prepared for some deep politics and some unanswered questions.