The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Richard Corben writes, draws and letters.

A couple of kids run into trouble at a traveling carnival. A married couple just want to get away for a week, but a storm blows them way off course. A battered woman finally gets her revenge, but it doesn’t work out the way she expected. A young hero seeks his destiny, and quickly discovers that maybe he’s the problem rather than the solution.

This is the first issue of Corben’s new horror collection series. The Denaeus story (the young hero) will continue, but the rest are standalone short stories. And they each capture a different idea of fear and horror, in the way that Corben has been capturing so well over the years. His art is as expressive and captivating as ever, and he performs wonders with shading and ink (I’m a sucker for a well-drawn B&W book).

Whether he shows us kids learning terrible lessons about fear and pain, or the horrible things that can become “normal life” over time, Corben’s ability to express these powerful emotions in his art is quite remarkable. This is a great jumping-on point for his work in general.a

SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1 is available now at your FLCS or at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )