A group of teenagers who dress as tiny Grim Reapers and spend their evenings causing mayhem around a tower block have a run-in with a disapproving adult – with scary consequences…

Writer Nick Bryan and artist Rosie Alexander have crafted a wonderful, visually unique story with The Little Deaths of Watson Tower. The mischievous teens, though a bit raucous, are fairly harmless – so even though they make a nuisance of themselves, it’s hard not to see the adult neighbour’s reaction as a bit over the top at first. There’s some genuinely touching, poignant moments amidst the chaos and gently macabre creepiness, however – with some fantastical and funny moments to offset the slightly downbeat realism.

Alexander’s cartoony (but nicely detailed) art style really is a delight, with a nicely kinetic feel to the action in the sometimes (deliberately) off-kilter panels and layouts.

A beautifully colourful pin-up style page of the teenage friends rounds out the comic too; another great showcase for Alexander’s art.

It’s a lovely little story of friendship and dealing with difficult situations, wrapped up in a slightly fantastical package – The Little Deaths of Watson Tower deals with some heavy issues in a gentle and visually gorgeous manner. Well worth checking out.

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