Publisher: Dead Peasant Comics
Writers(s): Jenz K. Lund, D.H. Shultis
Artist(s): Dave Acosta, Juan Albarran, Fran Gamboa, J.C. Ruiz, Tucker Rzepecki
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Blood & Gourd is the debut comic from Jenz K. Lund and D.H. Shultis, and it’s an essential read if you’re a horror fan who likes your scares injected with a large dosage of fun and bloody mayhem. Set on the day before Halloween, it follows the locals of Henderson Farm who are enjoying their annual pumpkin fare – that is, until the pumpkins come to life and start munching on them anyway. After that, it’s not so enjoyable for them anymore.
That’s only a brief summary of all the twisted delights in store should you decide to pick up Blood and Gourd. Without going into details, you can also expect Satanic corporations, advanced science being used for dastardly occult deeds and a host of hilarious characters spouting off laugh-out-loud dialogue on every page; even the characters who serve as nothing but buffet items for hungry pumpkins have a moment to shine, and they fill this story with heart – even in the midst of the anarchy. Lund and Shultis have a flare for comedy, and it’s evident on every single page in Blood and Gourd.
However, this is not for the faint-hearted. This is a story rooted in bloody chaos and once it all kicks off there’s no going back. The insanity is unrelenting, and not everyone will be able to comprehend what’s hitting them. But if the idea of pumpkins and plants killing off innocent farmers appeals to you, then Blood and Gourd will not disappoint you. The mythology behind the madness is very original, and while the first issue provides more questions than answers, it’s exciting to wonder where they will take it in the next installment.
There are a few nods to horror legends to be found, which is all part of the fun. If you pick up on them, you’ll feel like this was written for you specifically. Every frame possesses a cinematic quality, and reading it you can’t help but feel this could be the best B movie that never was. Most diehard horror fans will get a kick out of this, especially those with a love for the nostalgia of the 80’s.
Overall, if you’re looking for a fun, bizarre, bloody, action-packed story with plenty of laughs, then you’ll struggle to find anything better than this.
The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
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