Written by: Matt Miner
Illustrated by: Clay McCormick
Coloring by: Doug Garbark
Letters by: Taylor Esposito
I’ll get right to the point. Its a good book. Its not perfect but it is undeniably good. Go read it. Do it.
No? My word isn’t good enough for you? You want me to elaborate? And to summarize the story? Ugh fine.
Okay, our story starts off in the 80’s with a bunch of punk rockers relaxing on the beach and being dickish towards everyone around them.(on a side note: i liked this book, but this “bullying is bad” story is starting to feel old). This weird kid comes over to them, and they tease him, call him a poser and then they try and use him to get a discount on some food. Inevitably, this being a slasher comic, people get slashed.
It cuts to the present where basically the same thing is going on, some punk rockers are fooling around, and doing teen things, when they get attacked by the “poser”. In this case, the teens don’t seem to have been bullying anyone so there is something of a mystery in the works here.
So…What makes it good?
Well, the plot is pretty basic for a slasher. Group of kids do kid things and get murdered for it. But where this comic excels in the emotional realism and heartfelt scenes. You genuinely believe the relationships between the protagonists of the story, there’s one particularly genuine scene where our main protagonist is joking around with her father, in a scene that feels both, loving, and sad.
And despite the fact that it is pretty basic, it does feel like there’s a mystery waiting to unfold itself, and more than that the gore, horror and action are well done. The stakes feel real enough, and its done in a bright, punky, fun way.
So that brings us around to the Art
The art was entirely solid, it feels creepy, and it does a great job of emphasizing the punk rock vibe, the colors are vibrant and they border on moody without ever going full Emo. My last comment on art is specifically about the cover, which i loved for all of the punk rock references. Really gets the point across.
Its a pretty standard story, but its told in a uniquely charming way. Definitely check this one out.