Every week, I randomly buy about $10 worth of comics from ComiXology Submit, ComiXology’s wonderful self-publishing platform. This is what I think of ’em.
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This Week’s Haul:
Forty Coffins ($3.99) – OUR BOOK OF THE WEEK!
Writer: Rodolfo Santullo
Letterer: Jacob Bascle
It’s Kind of Like: John Carpenter’s The Thing on a boat.
The Premise: A mysterious second mate. A hull full of worthless cargo. A disappearing stowaway. The crew of the Demeter has its fair share of problems—and that’s before people start disappearing.
100-Word Review: ComiXology Submit is full of great horror books, and you can add Forty Coffins to the list. Jok’s art evokes Gabriel Rodriquez’s moody work on Locke & Key (if you’ve read Locke and Key, you know that’s a compliment), and while Santullo’s writing isn’t quite up to Joe Hill’s standard, Forty Coffins offers a haunting and action-packed look at an entire crew’s descent into madness. If you’re up on your classic horror, you know where Forty Coffins is going—but instead of ruining the surprise, this foreknowledge makes the Demeter‘s journey towards its inevitable fate all the more chilling.
Gods and Guns #1 ($2.99)
Writer: Anghus Houvouras
Artist: Galang Tirtakusuma
Genre: Fantasy. Maybe.
It’s Kind of Like: God of War, in Japan. Maybe.
The Premise: A hard-working, religious farmer loses everything to an angry god. Now, it’s time for revenge.
100-Word Review: “Show, don’t tell.” “Less is more.” You’ve heard it before. Gods and Guns is a masterclass in visual storytelling—until those pesky words get in the way. Try reading Gods and Guns without looking at any of the dialogue boxes. It’s all there already, no words necessary (in fact, I’d say that Houvouras’ overwrought narration detracts, rather than adds). This isn’t to diminish Houvouras’ contributions, of course. Structurally, Gods and Guns is perfect, complete with a twist ending that I didn’t see coming. These days, that’s a rare thing, and has me eager to read more.
Year of the Goat #1 ($1.99)
Writer: Tom Spellman
Artist: Rafael Chrestani
Letterer: John Rudwall
It’s Kind of Like: The Birds. Night of the Lepus. White God. Take your pick.
The Premise: America’s goats rise up and kill their human owners. No, that’s not a metaphor.
100-Word Review: Year of the Goat is fun the same way that a schlocky horror flick is fun: you’re here to watch monsters (in this case, um, goats) kill their victims in increasingly ludicrous ways. Year of the Goat never explains why goats have red eyes, or why they’re talking, or why they’ve decided to murder humans with farm equipment and Molotov cocktails. Hopefully, it never will. Year of the Goat isn’t the best value on ComiXology Submit (the whole thing’s over in a couple of minutes), but if you’re hankering for some silly animal-driven ultra-violence, you could do worse.
How I Choose What to Review:
- I’ve got $10 to spend. That’s it. Most of the time, I’ll try to split that money between different titles, so if your book costs $9.99, it’s going to have to be pretty darn special to get my money.
- I try to stick to #1 or one-shot issues. You might be telling the greatest story ever, but I don’t want to start in the middle.
- Unless the hook is amazing, I don’t buy superhero books. Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes. I read ’em all the time, and that’s the problem. DC and Marvel already meet all my superhero needs. When I come to ComiXology Submit, I’m looking for something different.
- I take recommendations, although I don’t always follow them. You think I might like your book? Hit me up.