Shadows on the Grave #3 – Review
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written and drawn by: Richard Corben
At one point in time horror comics were the norm, some would say the gold standard of graphic novels out numbering other genres of comics nearly 2 to 1. The Horror genre pushed the envelope as far back as the early 50’s with its chilling stories and gruesome art. Time honored classics like The Twilight Zone and Tales From the Crypt were both heavily influenced by the genre. This is surprising given the fact even with the removal of the comics code. Also, there is still only a fraction of horror comics in print now than in decades past. Here to end the trend is yet another excellent work from the real house of ideas Dark Horse comics Shadows on the Grave.
Shadows on the Grave #3 gives the reader various glimpses of the macabre with multiple tales of terror. Also, it is written in anthology style. The key with horror comics is that in order to effectively convey fear and dread the art must be top notch. The writing must has to be nothing short of gripping. The fact that Richard Corben effectively knocks both pre-requisite’s out of the park is astounding. The only story Corben didnt handle 100% on his own was “Such pretty little toes” which was masterfully written by Jan Strnad.
The art is so detailed it’s as if it was drawn with the help of a magnifying glass. What really impresses me with the art is the ultra detailed facial expressions. They really help the visual aspects of the story go over very well. The writing in this title is executed flawlessly. Each individual tale had its own unique scare factor which makes the fact that Corben wrote this all on his own is a true testament to his skill.
This miniseries serves as a great reminder of what the past was and a beacon for what could be a future filled with very expressive art and very dynamic storytelling. Shadows on the Grave #3 is a great example of what Horror graphic novels are all about. Put this one on your pull list.