In this gripping Arctic-noir mystery, a whistleblowing diplomat grapples with the legacy of colonialism, far from the eyes of the world.
Working for the British High Commission, Harrison Fleet is posted to a remote arctic island which is still, inexplicably, under British rule. As he struggles to understand why, and what interests he is protecting, Harrison learns just how much of the land and its community lies in the shadow cast by the outpost's founder.
Caught between hostile locals, the British Government, and an unforgiving physical environment, he begins dragging dark secrets into the light, unaware of the tragic repercussions they will cause. And help is very, very far away.
Part noir, part historical mystery, British Ice explores the consequences of colonialism and the legacy of empire.
About the Author
Owen D. Pomery grew up in rural England before studying architecture and moving to London. After several years working in practice and a couple of distractions in a few other countries, he specialized in illustration. Through this he started writing and drawing comics, becoming known on the UK scene with the publication of his debut book Between the Billboards. He continues to live in London, working with an array of design clients and exploring architecture & narrative illustration.
"An evocative 'arctic noir,' this graphic novel unfurls a study in desolation, mounting tensions, and chilling atmosphere." — Publishers Weekly
"An affecting, lonely, and ruthless novel of cold capitalism, the sicknesses of patriotism, and one man with the grip of history on the shoulder trying to thread an entire country through the needle of a moral compass." — Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine, Normal, and Transmetropolitan
"Pomery's starkly drawn, sharply written mystery artfully brings to life the tale of a lone outsider facing the cold climate and even colder atmosphere of a distant Arctic community scarred by the grubby tide mark of the British Empire." — Hannah Berry, UK Comics Laureate and author of Britten and Brülightly, Adamtine, and Livestock
"Based on a premise that is totally believable." —Fanboy Factor
PRAISE FOR OWEN D. POMERY:
"A major talent." — Forbidden Planet
"Quietly understated from one standpoint and yet at the same time profoundly expressive in delivery... stunning." — Broken Frontier
“Visually innovative, exciting, and absolutely bloody brilliant to behold. Above all, it highlights the power of graphic novels to deliver thought-provoking observations on society where other mediums would fail.” — Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide
“Pomery’s drawings are crisp and precise, making great use of both negative space and geometric patterns... but there’s also a loose sketchiness to them, as though Pomery was creating that blueprint of what it’s like to be human on the page.” — Rob Clough, High-Low