Review – Colder: The Bad Seed #2 (Dark Horse Comics)

Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Release Date: 26th November 2014

Never have the phrases “do you have any paper?”, and “here is my finger” been so bone chilling. Not much needs to be said about this issue of Colder that hasn’t been said by the team here before. Paul Tobin is a sick, sick man. What he’s written here is probably the most inventive horror story I’ve ever had the pleasure/displeasure of reading. Seriously, there are so many moments in this book, from how menacingly sweet Swivel is with the little girl, to the twisting seeds sowed in the latter pages – the storytelling of the book is flawless.

Now lets talk about the art. I’ve already used the word flawless here, but it’s the only word I can think of to put across just how stunningly grotesque this book truly is. I honestly think the paper airplane scene is going to haunt me for a long, long time. Ferrerya has a talent here for showing minute details like the face fingers and making them all look so simple and flowing that even though you want to look away it’s still a thing of beauty. The color palate used is sparse enough that things seem almost muted, but with such strong line work that they still pop off the page.

In an issue where the lead character is oddly absent, he’s not missed as the story is fleshed out to a point of no return for readers, as I honestly don’t think anyone in their right mind will be able to put this book down once they get started. This book should be given to all aspiring horror writing teams as a bible for just how to do it – it’s just that good.

Rating: 5/5.

Chris_AvatarThe writer of this piece was: Chris Bennett
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