Review – Cold Spots #1 (Image Comics)

Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Mark Torres
Letters: Simon Bowland
Release Date: 22nd August 2018

Cold Spots is Image Comics’ new supernatural horror mini-series from Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Unsound, Regression, Bone Parish) and Mark Torres (Zombies vs. robots: Undercity, Jinnrise, The Shrinking Man) and it’s all kinds of creepy!

Dan Kerr finds people, and he’s exceptionally good at it. However, when he receives a summons from former employer Arthur Warren to find his daughter and granddaughter, Kerr must follow a path that leads him into a world of cosmic terror and supernatural horrors.

My overall first impression of this issue was that Cold Spots could easily be a new imagining of Silent Hill, if John Carpenter had written the script. This is a mental image that makes me immensely happy, although the knowledge that this is only going to be a five issue run makes me slightly less so. From what I have read so far this is a series that is going to have everything I could want from a horror comic; an isolated setting, a “special” child linked to a series of supernatural events and what Image have teased as “cosmic terrors” which brings hope of Lovecraftian themes as well.

Cullen Bunn, for me, has produced some of the best horror comics of the last few years, there’s just something in the way he writes that’s guaranteed to send a chill down your spine and Cold Spots is no exception (pun intended). Whilst I kind of knew what was coming in the opening scene it still caught me off guard I was not expecting Mark Torres’ depiction and it was very unsettling.

Torres’ artwork in this issue is a little hit and miss in my opinion and while I thought the overall style and colouring was perfect for the story that Cullen Bunn has written it felt like the presentation of the characters was a little inconsistent. Where I thought Torres’ art was really great in the issue was in the depiction of the revenants. I’m pretty certain it’s intentional but they are very much how a child would draw the creature hiding in the wardrobe or the “friend” they talk to sometimes when they’re alone… seriously, the stuff of nightmares.

I liked this issue a lot, and I think, despite the odd niggle that I’ve already expressed, that this will be a series that delivers a great and chilling story.

Rating: 3.5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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