Don’t let the rather serene looking cover fool you, this is a very chilling book. .
Jumping in with a creepy yet also quite sad cold open the book lets us know what is happening. As a husband suddenly feels it get very cold in his home, he finds his wife to ask why, yet finds she is busy watching their children play in the garden, sadly their children passed and what they see are smoky spirits of their playful children. How are they back? that is the job of Mr Kerr, who appears to be a private detective of some sort.
Returning to his previous employer to undertake the task of finding his missing daughter and granddaughter (who it implies heavenly that Kerr is the father of) he heads to a small town to look for her.
Shortly after arriving he feels the cold settle in and it isn’t long before we find out that these spirits may be back but they’re not harmless, when the store owners girlfriend appears to him he reaches for her and is instantly turned to ice (she gave him more than a cold shoulder, sorry couldn’t resist).
As a massive horror fan i tend grab any title with a ghoulish cover or creepy synopsis and after reading a single line of this books synopsis i stopped reading as I didn’t want any spoilers and went into the book as nieave as i could, and I’m glad i did. From the opening few pages i knew i would enjoy this book and it didn’t let me down as the pages went on. With the main story being why and how are the dead back the secondary story is the search for Alyssa and Grace by Kerr, though obviously I’m more interested in the ghosts the missing mother and daughter will undoubtably intertwine, lets hope not in a heart breaking way.
The art choice of having dark, gritty panels brightly lit was a bold move that added to the uncomfortable feel you get as you see the whispy, floaty looking ghosts. The art feels very moody, not only with the ghosts but as Kerr is being hired you can see from the faces of the men that they hare each other even before words are spoken.
I’m looking forward to issue 2.
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