Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist &Colorist: Szymon Kudranski
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Szymon Kudranski
Created by Cullen Bunn and Szymon Kudranski
This was a very interesting One-Shot by Cullen Bunn from Aftershock Comics. Two major names in this beloved industry of ours. I really liked the idea of a smaller one-shot as opposed to a lot of his previous works, which seem to be quite a bit longer. This one was only about fifty pages making it a quick read, like a small tidbit of eerie adventure before bed.
High school is almost over for Jamie and his friends, and like any teens, they want to have a little fun while they’re still together. So, they venture into The Nightmare House—a haunted house all small towns have—expecting some spooks and scares, but, instead, finding a human brain in a jar…and awakening something hungry…
Now Jamie will have to try and save his friends from an evil he brought down upon them all.
I found this to be a fun read. At some times it seemed a tad hard to follow. In a number of areas, it struck me as a little difficult to determine who was talking to whom and when the conversation was taking place. There was an aspect found in the style of writing that I felt was fairly rare and unique. It seems that a generous amount of content is implied, leaving various things fairly ambiguous. However, this being the case it does allow for the audience to help create their own thoughts and theories. Still, I felt like a little more clarity might have added to the PUNCH that is certainly present in the story. It almost felt as if this were originally a longer story and then it was edited to fit the one-shot instead.
The artwork in this comic book is fabulous. With expert combinations of color designed for impact, the colorist tries to make sure that the reader can differentiate between who is speaking and where we are on the timeline simply by the consistent use of color for certain characters and parts of the story. I happen to think the artist of this comic went the extra mile to really help tell the story the way it is intended, that way the audience can feel and experience with the characters and the events they go through.
Overall, it was worth reading. I don’t think it will be one of my favorites but I think I will probably read it at least one more time.