Book Review, Crime Noir, Graphic Novel, Mystery, Series

Theatrics by Neil Gibson and Leonardo Gonzalez

“You need to act like a killer, so people will treat you like one.”

It is New York, 1920, and Archibald “Archie” Brown aka Rudy Burns aka the Barbarian Count is a former leading Broadway actor who is attacked in an alley resulting in disfigurement, ending his career and his relationship with Stephanie.

Archie’s friend Sammy has an idea.  “We need to give you a role that will entertain them. To make them want to see you…. you can play the villain.”   A boxer, The Barbarian Count, mystery man.  Is Sammy taking advantage of Archie’s fame?   Will Archie lose himself in his new persona?

I haven’t read many graphic novels, but each one has been fantastic including this one.  The chapters are in acts and the graphics, color and dialog are crisp and engaging.  The story is unique and fast-paced, and ends with an air of mystery so this reader is anxious to continue the series.  Well done!

Thank you to Mr. Gibson, Mr. Gonzalez and TPub for giving me the opportunity to give an honest review!


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91HDqdApHcL._SY200_Neil is the founder and editor-in-chief of T Pub and writes a few of our titles. He is very passionate about good comics and believes that the medium is one of the most efficient ways to communicate stories. If you want to annoy him, just mention how you think comics are for kids… his reaction is a common source of amusement. He has given talks at universities, schools and businesses about comics and how to use them in work and study. Indeed, he won’t stop yammering on about this but audiences seem to like hearing him, so he continues his mission to get more and more people reading comics.

He lives in London with his wife and daughter.



Leonardo Gonzalez is an artist and illustration is his career of choice. Originally from Ridgewood Queens, Leo now resides in Connecticut. He’s a Graduate from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration and also earned an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts at Tunxis Community College.

In college Leonardo was pursuing a career in the comics field and after attending many New York Comic-Con Conventions he was hired as a cover and interior illustrator by U.K Comics Publisher T- Publications. In 2017 his first Graphic Novel “THEATRICS” was successfully funded on Kickstarter and published through T-Publications. Aside from comics Leonardo also creates whimsical illustrations that focus on nature, creatures and monsters and has an obsession with giant monsters and reptiles.  You can read more about Mr. Gonzalez and see his work at The Art of Leonard “LaGonz” Gonzalez.


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