Paper Cuts: April 26, 2017
By Ryan “HB” Mount
Redneck #1 (Skybound/Image)
Modern day Hatfield and McCoys is one of the families was full of vampires and the other led by a preacher.
While the story is not breaking any new ground, it was extremely well written and a perfect first issue. We immediately get a sense of the Texas town, the Bowman vampire family and their rivals of the Landry Family. Even the beginning where many creators get bogged down in info dumps, the set up here was done without feeling like I was reading a poorly constructed novel and the opening two page spread certainly helped.
The rules of the world seem simple. Vampires drink cow blood and paint thinner to avoid human blood. They are still vulnerable to sunlight but nearly immortal. There also appears to have some telepathy, but not fully defined.
The art of Lisandro Esterren has a lot of sketchiness of Jason Latour with some facial work similar to Howard Chayakin. As with any book written about vampires, creatures of the night, you would expect the book to have an overall dark appearance. While the book certainly let the reader know if you were in the woods at night or in a dimly lit, you were not staring at pages soaked in black ink. The coloring from Dee Cunniffe contained a lot of cool blues and soft reds and accented the book perfectly.
This book was a perfect first issue.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5
Jughead: The Hunger #1 (Archie)
This is simply an elseworld style tale of Jughead was a werewolf and Betty was a monster hunter. The story is not bad, but it is not compelling. The tone of this book was closer to Riverdale than to Archie Horror. There was some injected humor, but I believe fans read these books for the straight horror aspects.
The art of Michael Walsh feels like a cross of Jeff Lemire and Francesco Francavilla. Now while to compare the art styles to two of the greatest working in the industry right now could seem like high praise, there was also some art that felt extremely rushed and not finished. While the art did fit into the Archie horror universe well, it simply does not hold up against Afterlife with Archie and The Chilling Tales of Sabrina. This is the second book reviewed this week that features colors of Dee Cunniffe. Her color palate is perfect for horror books and should be a name to look forward to seeing when it comes out.
One thing that always made the Archie Horror universe so special was that even though the books came out sparingly is that they were so well done, it was worth the wait. In this case, it was such a step down in overall quality that this is a totally passable book.
Ratings: 3 out of 5
Plastic #1 (Image) – What is Joaquin Phoenix from Her was in love with a plastic doll and a murdering psychopath? Ratings: 4.5 out of 5
The Atoll #2 (Big Pictures) – Human vs Shark fighting ring drama. Ratings: 4 out of 5
The Beauty #14 – This arc is Hannibal Season 1 type of drama and creepiness. Ratings: 4 out of 5
Grimm Tales of Terror: 2017 April Fools Edition – It certainly lives up to the title of April Fools, with each story providing a “twist” ending. However, it still was incredibly unclever and not scary. Ratings: 0.5 out of 5
Grimm Tales of Terror (Vol. 3) #4 – If you fear clowns, this will terrify. For the rest of us? Ratings: 1 out of 5
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