Knock Em Dead #1 The Setup
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Mattia Monaco
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Main Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
Incentive Cover: Tony Harris
Variant Cover: Clara Meath
Created by Eliot Rahal & Mattia Monaco
This is the first issue in a new series of comic books. It is about a 21-year-old stand-up comedian who wants nothing more than to be a success. He is in college, where his sister wants him to be, much to his dismay. Although his sister wants him to focus on his education and is constantly telling him that there’s no money in a life devoted to comedy, he still focuses his attention on the chosen career at every opportunity.
The young comedian is Pryor Brice. His sister is pushy, overbearing, condescending and only helpful when it comes to matters of finance. She does not support his dream or the pursuit of that dream. And she continually makes that clear, in no uncertain terms.
After a set one night, Pryor gets into an accident and something goes terribly wrong. Soon, Pryor will learn the true price of success and how far he is willing to go to get it.
The overall appearance of this comic book is excellent. Nice, high quality cover and pages with a fabulous array of artwork from the artist and colorist. The cover is a spectacular depiction of the implied horror that awaits our young friend. The rest of the artwork in this issue is truly very well done and catches the eye of the reader. The colors employed by the colorist are bright and eye-catching yet this artwork has the unique ability to invoke the creepiest and most eerie feeling in the reader’s heart and mind.
The writing in the story is well done with the dialogue feeling fairly natural and believable. It flows easy in the mind and meshes very well with the immediate context and surrounding story. It is easy to see the main character in the average person, everyone knows someone who has struggled with something monumental in their life. Pryor Brice is the everyman in the story, the average Joe Schmo with a dream in his heart, a chip on his shoulder and little options or chance for success in a great big world of other average Joes. And yet, it is easy to identify and emotionally attach to the Pryor Brice character because of his fervent desire to attain his only real dream, the one thing he feels can bring him true happiness in life.
This was a great first issue packed with emotion and action, drawing you in from the very beginning. Easily recommended to the horror comic community, this is a series that is sure to get stranger, more violent and packed with real and sarcastic comic relief and suspense at every turn.
Here is the teaser for Issue #2:
Pryor Brice died…but only for a couple of seconds. The thing is, he didn’t come back alone. Trapped inside Pryor’s body, a ghost offers Pryor a supernatural deal: He’ll write Pryor’s material so they can still be successful, even after death.
Their bargain comes with supernatural strings attached and, soon, Pryor will discover that comedy is no laughing matter.