There might be something to this Thrillbent thing. Mark Waid's webcomic site has been a veritable treasure trove of fantastic stories and envelope pushing delivery options since its upgrade to "Thrillbent 2.0" in the beginning of April. With the site redesign came a new wave of comics, the latest being The Eighth Seal, a horror story by James Tynion IV and Jeremy Rock. The Eighth Seal opens with a woman named Amelia recanting her increasingly vivid dreams to her psychiatrist. What's left unclear is whether the dreams are due to her very public profile or are a disturbing portent of things to come.
The opening chapter is nigh-flawless, with Tynion adapting his writing flawlessly for Thrillbent's format. Tynion quickly fleshes out Amelia as a complex and nuanced character trying to remain composed as her dreams increasingly wreck havoc on her psyche. Tynion's dialogue this chapter is top-notch as well. I couldn't find a single line that seemed stiff or artificial.
Rock's art also shines, especially in the dream sequences. Rock's style is not unlike Brian Bolland's spectacular work on DC's Dial H covers, albeit a touch more simplistic. My only criticism with the artwork is Nolan Woodard's colors, which seem overly blended and lacks contrast. Still, The Eighth Seal's art is by and large superior to many comics on the stands today.
Like the rest of Thrillbent's offerings, The Eighth Seal is a rather quick read, running only 40 "pages" in length, although many of the transitions only shift dialogue bubbles or from single panel to single panel. Still, it will probably take as much time to read The Eighth Seal as it does an average comic book, and the opening chapter is significantly longer than the rest of Thrillbent's offerings. Of course, that's because The Eighth Seal will be released on a monthly basis, so you're basically getting four "Thrillbent" chapters for the price of one.
Honestly, if Thrillbent continues to deliver webcomics of the caliber of The Eighth Seal, other comic publishers will have plenty of cause to be worried. This is a Revival/Locke and Key caliber level horror comic and is probably Tynion's strongest writing to date. Best of all, due to Thrillbent's fantastic embed option, you can check out the comic for free below!
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