Cannibal Volume 1
This is the biggest surprise in a while. This book totally exceeded my expectations.
I saw the solicit in Previews and I was mildly interested because 1) I like books and movies set in the Deep South and 2) I like horror.
I bought the first issue but still hadn't got round to reading it, but after a hugely positive review from Vince B on 11 OClock Comics I just went ahead and ordered the trade anyway.
This has a bit of a vibe that you'd see from Southern Bastards, True Blood, Preacher.....in setting and characters I mean. It is not designed to shock at all like all those things are. The characters are less full on than that.
Oh, and it's not horror. The Cannibalism is part of the back drop. This is all about the characters.
It's written by Brian Buccellato and Jennifer Young and I can only guess that Jennifer Young is the reason this book flows so well and the dialogue is so great. I've read Buccellato's stuff before, and whilst I think he does good work, it's not as well paced and it's a bit more dense.
This really is a pleasure to read, just a really enjoyable reading experience. It sucks you in.
That's not just down to the writing though, the artist, Matias Bergara, is terrific. The camera angles he chooses are great and his storytelling is brilliant, it just flows so perfectly. Effortlessly. Everything is done to serve the story.
There's a great sense of location in the work which Is so effective.
incredibly addictive book with a bunch of great characters and a few mysteries.
I can't wait for volume 2.