Another dose of old school style horror in this latest issue.
Creepy Comics #14 is the latest in the revitalized and ongoing series by Dark Horse. This issue features the writing of Ray Fawkes, Dan Braun, Peter Bagge, Matthew Southworth, and Bill Parente, with artists Tomm Coker and Ernie Colon.
Black Feathers: Man hates crows. Man kills crows. Crows get revenge!
Blind Contour: A court room sketch artist for a local tv station is told he only has a few weeks left until he goes completely blind. As he dives deeper into his impending darkness, his innermost fears begin to escalate.
Untimely Meeting: A prisoner murders a guard and manages to escape! The warden and his other guards have given up the chase once they see where he’s going. No point in chasing after a dead man, right?
Three stories with three different creative teams, each story with a different theme. It’s only fair that we look at each separately.
Black Feathers, written by Ray Fawkes with art by Tomm Coker, was unfortunately the weakest story in this issue despite being the cover story. I suppose I was just disappointed with the lack of development. Yes I know that 7-8 pages isn’t enough to develop much, but half the story had no dialog which I thought was wasteful on Fawkes' part.
Blind Contour, written by Matthew Southworth who also did the art, was by far the stand out tale when it came to writing. Southworth takes you deep into the mind of main character Joe Gorman. His use of narrative boxes really helped to place you in Gorman's shoes and get a sense of his growing fear. Southworth takes you deeper into the madness by having Gorman desperately trying to recall the face of his wife/girlfriend, only to never reveal it, instead replacing it with the images of the murderers he so often sketches. Although the story wasn’t that captivating, Southworth’s diction was superb.
Untimely Meeting is my pick for story of the issue. Colon's art felt like a throwback to the 70’s comics and Parente wrote a fun and fast paced story which capped off the issue well. The prisoner was the perfect morally corrupt evil-doer for this story, killing two people to get where he wants to be. You expected him to get his just desserts, and you are not disappointed!
The real overall winner in this issue though is the art! Being in black and white, it really focuses the eye on the craftsmanship of the pencil work. To single out just one artist for praise would be unjust………but Coker took the cake. His art was the saving grace for Black Feathers.
This was a fun read. Three horror stories, with a few one pagers thrown in for some comic relief, were just what I needed as a break from my usual books. No need to worry about continuity, just pick up and go. Don't like the short format of the stories, or horror in general, then avoid... but what did you expect checking out a title called Creepy Comics?
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