Aw mannn, is it really over already? Curse, the latest horror offering from BOOM! Studios has been an absolute treat from its very first issue, skilfully combing a supernatural werewolf tale with the relatable, real-world emotions of a father trying to protect his child. The writing and characterisation has been top-notch throughout, the artwork has been amazingly good, and after three tense issues, we finally reach our conclusion.
As always, I’m going to stay well clear of spoilers, but suffice to say that all of Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel’s plot threads converge beautifully into this tense, gripping finale. The pace picks up considerably here as the clock starts ticking on both Anton Chavoy’s impending transformation and – potentially – Laney’s son Jaren’s very life. And ultimately, as the story reaches a fierce, brutal crescendo, the entire series is distilled down to one simple question – how far would you to go in order to protect the ones you love?
I’ve made no secret of my love for Riley Rossmo’s work in the past, and his part in this issue is of his typically high standard as his scratchy, erratic style perfectly conveys the destructive, feral nature of the werewolf. However, this final chapter is undoubtedly Colin Lorimer’s show. His artwork is astoundingly good here, packing every panel with emotion and utilising some truly inspired visual beats to hammer home the drama of the situation. I’m almost ashamed to say that I hadn’t really been too familiar with Lorimer’s work prior to this series, but believe me when I say that he’s most definitely on my radar now, and whatever he winds up lending his hand to next – count me in.
To summarise, Curse is a perfectly paced story based around several intriguing, compelling characters, and manages to balance violence, drama and tension beautifully to weave one of the most impressive horror tales I’ve read in a long, long time. Seek it out if you can, or make sure you get your hands on the inevitable trade. I promise you won’t regret it.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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