Story By: Alexander Grecian, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joe Keatinge
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Shadowline Productions | Image Comics
Reviewed By: Julius Freeman
ISSUE SUMMARY: Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO, interprets stories from three of today’s top writers. From KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) comes a heartbreaking love story–in this world or the next. JOE KEATINGE (GLORY, HELL YEAH) offers up Day of the Dead 3000. As Ultra Muertos falls at the hands of Mother Slaughter, his grandson takes over the mantle with a death wish for all-out apocalypse! And New York Times bestselling author ALEXANDER GRECIAN (PROOF) tells a tale of ghost children.
REVIEW: Usually, this book hits it out of the park, but not this month. I would say the hit is no more than a double. Mind you not an out, but a double meaning they are still on base. The first story, Return of the Dead, reminded me too much of the Skinny One that was published last issue. The second story, Lonesome, is spot on. The third story, Day of the Dead 3000, was fun, but nothing special. Overall, this issue is a fun read, but that’s it.
Return of the Dead. Written by Alex Grecian is silent, no dialogue whatsoever. The art does an exquisite job telling the story. A young child is kidnapped during a Dia De Los Muertos parade by a sadistic butcher. He terrorizes the child, takes pictures of him while crying, and plans to do much more once he’s done with his twisted foreplay. Lo and behold, the spirits of the kids he murdered in the past return and give the butcher a taste of his own medicine.
Lonesome. Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe is a story about a spirit following the love of his life around telling the story of how they fell in love. It’s a simple, straightforward, story without twists or turns. Touching, riveting, pulls the heartstrings in all the right places, Lonesome is by far the best short this series has produced, not far behind from Reflections printed in the first issue.
Day of the Dead 3000. Written by Joe Keatinge is a story about a superhero who gives his powers to his grandson who wants nothing to do with them. It’s a bleak story with a bleak ending that leaves no room for hope; only destruction. And, it’s a really fun read.
I would love to see this book transformed into something much larger than what it is now. Rossmo has a vehicle here that could be used for aspiring writers, who haven’t been published yet, to showcase their storytelling skills. The same goes for aspiring, talented, artists looking to showcase their work. That would be interesting, and I’d definitely read that. Who knows the amount of untapped geniuses who are out there floundering in the sea of freelance hell (I should know). That’s just my wishful thinking, but so far this book has been a fun ride. The stories are well written and the art is spot on, giving the book its unique flavor. Deep down, I was hoping they’d return a few of the characters I only got to know in the first issue. For instance, I would love to see more of Zan, the Paranormal Intuitive Life Coach, the character introduced in Reflections, as a regular of the series in the same spirit as the comiczines of old. Again, my wishful thinking.