Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cold Spots #1 Review

Dark Shadows

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art & Design by: Mark Torres
Letters: Simon Bowland
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 22 August 2018

A fresh new series. Let's embark on a journey with Cullen Bunn as he tells us a ghost tale. With art duties being carried out Mark Torres this is a tale billed as "psychological terror, the undead, and a supernaturally bitter cold". Will this be as spine-tingling as promised? Let's find out.

Well the tale itself takes it pretty slow and steady. One thing that I've noticed about Bunn's writing is that he doesn't seem to go in for a lot of rapid storytelling. He seems to let his stories float along. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn't. This time it works okay. We get a preliminary scene which hints at the situation that will be dealt with in the main body of the issue. This sees the appearance of ghostly visions, before moving onto the story proper. That centers around Dan Kerr, who gets called into looking into the mysterious disappearance of his (ex?) wife and daughter. Something is awry and there is something mysterious to be looked into, foreshadowed by both the opening scene and the missing daughter's artwork.

As for the issue's artwork, the style seemed pretty well matched to the story. Torres gives the book a cold and frosty look, and one can practically feel the breath hitting the cold air. Elsewhere we get a lot of dark gloomy rooms, but not to the extent that the book looks too murky. It is quite spacious and hazy - Torres strikes the pitch just right.

Bits and pieces

A pretty good first issue to set up the new tale. A good, quality opening issue that will give you a pretty good return. If the rest of the series matches this one then it should be a pretty good story. The art is the main selling point though - a beautiful book to look at; the artwork secures the feel that the book is aiming for.


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