Horror is Undead and Hungry in the SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #6 Review
Story: Mike Shields, Richard Corben
Art: Richard Corben (graytones by Beth Corben Reed)
Letters: Richard Corben
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Shadows on the Grave is Richard Corben’s personal horror anthology mini-series. For those who have not heard his name before, Corben is a legendary creator in the horror comics industry for roughly 40 years. In this issue, we are given three full tales of horro and the sixth installment of “Denaeus,” all hosted by Mag the Hag. These tales feature mistaken identity, a hunter who is certain that he’s smarter than the local rangers, a man with bad dreams. “Denaeus” features the royal archers’ target practice with a terrifying twist. Corben even takes the opportunity to use the inside front and the rear cover for one-page quick chills.
Corben’s writing reads like classic horror titles. Very reminiscent of his work in Creepy and Eerie, Corben’s words read like a lost, forbidden tale. Mike Shields, who writes the first tale, also keeps his story in tone with the rest of the comic. Corben and Shields use just enough words to carry the non-visual share of the weight of story. The diction of each story is well chosen, given that each character comes from very different backgrounds. An absolute pleasure to read for any horror fan.
Forgive me for putting it like this, but Corben’s art is… Corben’s art. Nobody, ever, has drawn like him. He is a huge enthusiast of black and white art (as most of his work is without color) and he truly shines with it. His distinct style allows for intricate dress, vivid environments, stunning men and women, and gruesome monsters with graphic violence. It welcomes old readers and I hope it intrigues new fans.
Corben’s work is consistent in its quality of both story and art. While he is an artifact of a past era, his work still clearly holds a place in any medium he chooses, and I am always happy that he chooses to create more horror. Highly recommended.