Cannibal: A Southern Original – Review
Written by Brian Buccellato and Jennifer Young
Art by Matias Bergara
Colors by Brian Buccellato
Lettering by Troy Peteri
Published by Image Comics
The inhabitants of a small Everglades town are trying to hold fast to their daily lives, whilst at the dawn of a cannibal pandemic. There is no cure for this rambunctious virus. Opinions are split on what to do with the victims. For Cash and Grady Hansen there is only one answer: kill them all. But what do you do when your loved ones become the ones infected? It changes everything, and it forces everyone to change their long held opinions and beliefs.
A fascinating story, it has to be said. The first volume contains a total of four issues. The tension quickly rises and prompts the characters to change their plans in order to deal with the oncoming plague. It frequently poses the question, what one is expected to do should this be a reality. Whilst it certainly sounds like a zombie comic, the victims are deemed cannibals, and not zombies. Is it a truly separate genre though? You decide. I am willing to bet that if you like one you are bound to like the other.
The writing is good, it does not waste words nor mince them either. There is no superfluous text but the writing that is there drives the plot forward and in the end that is all that matters.
The art is great, the details and character imagery adds a lot to the story, the faces in particular are very expressive. The colors are muted and the same spectrum often trails for pages, but it assists in setting up the story.
I have to recommend you pick this up. You won’t regret it. It is a good and easy read with a gripping story. Can’t really go wrong there at all.