Thursday, October 20, 2011

Severed #1 - Review


When 12-year-old Jack Garron runs away from home in 1916 he plans on riding the rails as a hobo and meeting up with his father to travel the country. What he doesn't plan on is the nightmare that's waiting for him down the road. Because a strange man named Mister Porter who works for General Electric has adopted an orphan to apprentice as an electrician, and a joke about having razor sharp teeth behind his pearly whites might be more than a jest.

Written by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, with artwork by Attila Futaki, Severed #1 is a haunting and delightfully twisted American tale of a boy destined to meet a monster. The cleverness and likability of Mister Porter and his savage cannibalistic side complement each other and honestly caused chills to run down my spine. It's always the smooth talkers who will eat you alive.

The writing is tight, lean, and the story moves at an incredibly enjoyable pace. The artwork has the dull tones and atmosphere of the early 1900's, and even though I've never read a comic by Futaki I'm now a big fan. The paired writing and artwork made me just as hungry for another issue as Mister Porter is hungry for . . . well, you'll find out.

I'm going to give this new title from Image Comics a 5/5 for tackling the horror genre so well it makes me wish there were more like it in mainstream comics. For being one of Snyder's few creator-owned comics, it's just as good as any of his work at DC.

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