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August 26, 2016

A Review: CROAK #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CROAK #1 from Alterna Comics. The story is by Cody Andrew Sousa, with art by Francesco Iaquinta, colors by Chris O'Halloran, and letters/design by Dezi Sienty.

Aubrey, Nick, and Tim are off for a little camping trip for the weekend. What should be a good time slowly goes downhill as they get loss in the woods and realize they didn’t bring the tent. Trying to make best of the situation, a campfire is made and (of course) a scary story is told. Unfortunately things are about to get worse for our friends in the woods…and deadly. They are not alone…

What really stood out to me is the striking visual provided by Francesco Iaquinta and Chris O'Halloran. Can’t help but to go back, look at pages over again and admire how unique and beautiful the art is. Writer Cody Andrew Sousa teases what could be potentially very scary and nightmarish ride and I’m ready to go along. This book is really worth checking out if you are ready to be scared.

CROAK #1 is available now only at ComiXology.

August 25, 2016

A Review: MR CRYPT #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of MR CRYPT #1 from Alterna Comics. Troy Vevasis writes, and Aleksandar Jovic draws.

A random lightning strike in a deserted cemetery has resulted in the most unlikely possibility – a skeleton has come to life. He’s a really nice guy, too, which doesn’t seem to matter to the townsfolk. But once he finds a disguise (a suit and a fake mustache) and comes up with a name, they seem to accept him. At least until the wind catches the mustache – then the chase begins again.

One doesn’t usually think of walking skeletons when devising an all-ages comic, but this one really pulls it off. Mr. Crypt is a genuinely nice guy; he’s got a great attitude, he loves flowers, and he’s a pet person (even if the pet is a huge rat). That he’s an animated corpse is really just kind of an inconvenience for him. This is a really simple story, with the cleverness stashed away in the setting and the situations. And the art is quite good, with a style that’s somewhat reminiscent of Tintin and Bone.

This book is by far the sweetest horror book I’ve seen all year. I like the possibilities for what this book could do, so check it out and share it with your kids.

MR CRYPT #1 is available now on ComiXology.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )