Written by LukeAnthony
on Saturday, April 12 2014 and posted in Reviews
The best, most worthwhile horror to read and fund on Kickstarter right now.
I’ve funded my share of Kickstarters, regretted a couple to be honest. Some people who set out the best intentions, take far too long to follow through. But when a 96 page graphic novel is complete before the Kickstarter begins, you know that your money will be well spent. Such is the case with The Rattler. Sometimes I feel pretty lucky to review comics because I get to come across projects like this one. It’s dark, compelling, well rounded, and keeps you guessing the whole time.
is a horror by Jason McNamara and Greg Hinkle, who have been working on this labor of love for years, waiting to release it until it was mastered. What is more compelling to me about the story is that it’s based off true events. Jason tells the story on his Kickstarter
page that a female friend of his and himself got stranded in the middle of nowhere, and a stranger started helping them out with the pretense to take them to the next gas station, but then started pulling away with his female friend being towed behind. She escaped in real life, but it left McNamara with the question, what would he do if they got away with his friend? He turned that premise into a dark, graphic - in all definitions of the word - novel.
The main character, Stephen Thorn took his experiences and became a true crime novelist. However, he never let go of the memory of his lover, Catherine, the woman who was stole away. Stephen holds on to the idea of getting back to her, but of course the journey of finding her will come at a great cost to him, those around him, and possibly his own sanity.
The question throughout the book for me was, “Is Stephen crazy, or is his just convicted with love?”, which is the key element to suspense injected into each dim, well executed page. Hinkle used just what he needed to use in terms of color, nothing more. Nearly the whole book is black and white, which I’m hardly truly a fan of, but in this case, it captures the heavy breath of the book. When there is color, it’s deep, rich, blood red dripping down the face of a lunatic. Hinkle makes it seem easy, but each panel is really consistent. Truly, it reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead.
The question to all Kickstarter projects to me is always, “Is it worth it?”. Considering the book is already done, it’s a modern horror that’s paced very well, the story is rounded, the characters leave you guessing, and you’re in suspense the whole time, the answer is most definitely yes. For $25 you get the whole thing signed and shipped.
You might like this book if you like Locke & Key
, The Walking Dead
, funding Kickstarters
, or any modern horrors told in graphic novel form. The Rattler
is one of the best horror stories currently on Kickstarter
. I’d give it a solid 8.5/10. After this Greg Hinkle moves over to Image to illustrate Airboy (Image) for James Robinson and McNamara will be moving onto the third volume of the Martian Confederacy with Paige Braddock.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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