Spread #1 (Image)

CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – Beautiful Yet Grotesque Art Makes Familiar Themes Feel Unique.
By ComicSpectrum Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

You’d think that we don’t need yet another post apocalyptic story where society has broken down and the world is a much more dangerous place. We have the Walking Dead, Crossed, and the Massive just to name a few. They’re all entertaining stories with different takes on how the world has changed, but they all touch on the same general theme. So how does Spread fit in and compare with the rest? I think it’s found it’s own place at the table and proves that with the right creative team and twist on the ideas, you can still have your book stand out amongst the rest.

Writer Justin Jordan and artist Kyle Strahm are creating a world obviously inspired by so many of the post apocalyptic stories of the past, with a definite Lone Wolf and Cub feel to it. As this first issue opens, we get our first glimpse of the Spread. It’s an all red, tumorous looking creature that looks as though it devours everything in it’s path, and is parasitic as it takes over it’s dead hosts. The main character No, who definitely has a Wolverine vibe to him, encounters the creature and we learn that there’s something more to his character, as well the baby he attempts to save from being devoured by the Spread.

Kyle Strahm’s art turns the familiar into something unique. His pencils really steal the show here and definitely sets the tone of the book. He makes the Spread look disgusting with all the detail put into each panel and creature. Lots of little mouths with sharp teeth, and numerous tentacles sprouting from all over the creature’s deformed shapes add too the horror. There’s a particular scene where a dead body is taken over and the way that Strahm choreographs the transformation is wonderfully grotesque. Just as important as the art is to this story, so too are the colors. Felipe Sobreiro’s colors really stand out. The reds of the creature and the violent bloodshed stand out amongst the whites and blues of this issue’s snowy setting.

Jordan’s writing delivers on the suspense and horror making the world feel as terrifying as it looks.  This artistic duo of Strahm with Sobreiro on colors will really be a team to watch, I this this is one of Image’s best looking books. This is yet another fantastic debut from Image that definitely deserves your attention.  I’m on board.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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