Gravetrancers #1 (Black Mask Studios)

CREDIT: Black Mask Studios

Rating: 4.5/5 – A Disturbing and Memorable Debut Issue!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d enjoy the first issue of Gravetrancers after the first few pages, but that quickly changed with each subsequent page, and by the end I was hooked! Gravetrancers isn’t your typical horror story, not only because of the writing, but for the art as well. Gravetrancers is written, drawn and colored by a trio of creators I’m not familiar with, but I’m glad I’ve now been introduced to their work!

The art by James Michael Whynot is gritty…real gritty. It’s a heavy line where it seems as though the pencil rarely disconnects from the page. His characters aren’t pretty, and in fact, some of them are downright ugly. Whynot has a stylized look, with his characters having irregular anatomy that lends to the book’s tone, and to their strange personalities. The colors by Dee Cunniffe are a perfect match, using typically bright colors, but muting and darkening them to fit the story. And this story is dark!

Maribel and Anthony are traveling to the grave of their father, who they have not had the best of relationships with. Their journey leads them to the Burwood Funeral Parlor and Memorial Park where they meet the Mallort Family. It’s here where the story becomes quiet scary and a bit disturbing. Maribel and Anthony aren’t prepared for what they find, and I’d hate to spoil it for any potential readers, but it isn’t pretty. It’s graphic in its violence and heavy with its drug use, and because of what happens, I’m not sure just where this story can go next and that’s a compliment to writer M. L. Miller

I really enjoyed Gravetrancers and if you’re looking for something different I’d really recommend giving this a try. The art and story may not be for everyone, but I walked away from this first issue not forgetting it, and wondering just where this story is headed. I’m definitely coming back from more, even though I may be a bit scared to!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
http://comicspectrum.com/ By Fans who Love Comics For Fans who Love Comics

 

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