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A Creepshow Animated Special – Review

Animated Anthology
Directed by: Greg Nicotero

What a beautiful surprise to wake up to on a dreary and cold Thursday morning. Let’s get this review started.

Survivor Type
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland

Since childhood I’ve had an irrational fear of being stranded and/or trapped places. Kiefer Sutherland plays a surgeon who crash lands on a deserted island and has to do drastic things to stay alive.

What a solid way to start the animated special off. Kiefer Sutherland gives a great performance as a man constantly pushing his mental and physical limits as his body starts to fail him. There were a few genuinely shocking scenes that were easier to buy in an animated format than in live-action. The only downside to this was I kept thinking that Graham Rowat would have been phenomenal in this role

Twittering From the Circus of the Dead
Starring: Joey King

A bored teenager live-tweets from a zombie circus.

I tend not to enjoy anything zombie related since most of the stories are lazy rehashes of the exact same tropes and plot points almost beat for beat. This was a welcomed exception to that.

It started off a little slow but Joey King does a great job of selling everything and the story comes together really nicely as it plays out.

Final thoughts:

At only 45 minutes in length it zooms by really quickly and leaves you wanting more. 2021 can’t get here soon enough (for many, many, many reasons) so that we can all enjoy season 2 of Creepshow.

Archives Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts: 7/22/16

Always Tip Your Bartender! I think that sentiment should apply to your Local Comic Book Shop owner as well.  This week, I took to Twitter to look for some more books on this horror-light week. After not a lot of response, my local go-to in Cincinnati – Maverick’s Comics – introduced me to two titles put out by Image Comics this week Wolf and The Hunt.

Instead of my normal reviews for the week, I wanted to talk about something that stood out in these books.

However, if you want my quick ratings:

Tales From the Darkside #2 (IDW) Ratings: 4 out 5

Wolf #9 (Image) Ratings: 5 out 5

The Hunt #1 (Image) Ratings: 4 out of 5

It’s was a good week for horror comic fans.

Reading all these books next to one another, one thing was clear: the art was a very high quality, which is not always a given in the horror comics genre.  I expect higher quality with Image and IDW, and they did not disappoint.  he most interesting part of these books was not the line work or the colors, but the actual panel work.

paper cuts - tales from the dark side

Tales From the Darkside was a fun story, but told in a more traditional panel style that did not stand out.  However, knowing that this project was a failed relaunch of the TV show, it would make sense that most of these panels had been worked out in a traditional sense to go with the scripts that Joe Hill produced.  In that way it made for the least interesting book win regards to panel work.

paper cuts - hunt

The Hunt took another step forward when it came to panel structure.  While a lot of the book stayed with grid selection, it would add small touches.  When our main character is wandering into her parents’ room to a strange glow, it moves from two neat square panels to a slight tilt of the small panel which truly increased my intrigueto the same level of intrigue the character felt coming into the room.  It is a subtle touch of storytelling and was extremely effective to set the mood, all without a single phrase of dialogue.  While I do not want to give too much away, there were also some large full-to-double-page spreads that really only occurred when one group of characters appeared, which gave those scenes some real depth, weight, and magnitude.

paper cuts - wolf

Wolf was simply beautiful and the most intriguing book I read in my entire stack of comics.  While at times the panels seemed traditional, there were other pages that simply floored me.  There were several pages which were essentially two page spreads, but over ¼ of them would be all white with only a small sentence of dialogue.  It added some drama and forced the reader to really pay attention.  Even though I went into this book without any knowledge of the story, it felt incredibly heavy.  This type of art and willingness to take big risks is exactly why I love the medium, and it left me clamoring for more immediately.  If you pick this issue up cold, you won’t understand it, but you will understand exactly who is important, the weight they carry and the ramifications in play.  You will understand all of this, due in no small part to the bold panel construction with the stark contrast of white.

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