Poser #1 – Punk Rock Meets 1980s Slasher Films
Written by: Matt Miner
Illustrated by: Clay McCormack
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito
Cover by: Clay McCormack
Spoiler warning: This review will contain spoilers for the first issue of Poser.
Were you a child of the 1980s? One that stayed up late at night and watched the darkest movies you could find on HBO? It was a time when it felt like there were tons of great horror movies, full of nut jobs with knives, a creepy mask and a vendetta against teenagers or really, anyone that got in their way. Victims left to be found and not always in one piece. It feels like Matt Minor, writer of Poser, probably watched a lot of those, too.
In the 80s, a group of punk rock kids on the beach crossed the wrong crazy loner and ended up with a few of their friends killed. The one responsible was chased off a pier into the ocean, never to come up….or did he? Many years later, a newer generation of punks are dealing with possibly the same demented killer. Tying all of them together is the bloody “poser” scribbled in blood at the crime scenes. Poser delivers a great blend of horror and punk rock.
I tend to enjoy Matt Miner’s comics. I was a big fan of Liberator and Toe Tag Riot so going into Poser, I really dug this issue. I’m a bit older, in my 40s, with my own background in punk and hardcore, I was left feeling like the dialogue seemed original. Miner delivers a story that feels like it legit came right out of the 1980s but doesn’t come off as dated.
On the art side of things, this book teams artist Clay McCormack with colorist Doug Garbark. For a bloody book like this one, they certainly show they are more than capable of delivering the goods. It’s a bit rough at times but for the most part, I really liked the look of Poser. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the violent moments that I enjoyed the most but instead, some of my favorite visual scenes of Poser came from the show they go to and seeing crowds of kids going off for the band they were watching. Taylor Esposito’s lettering never blocks out anything important with the art and the font is an easy one on the eyes. Good work all around on this book.
Not many comic books are released that have music included but I did see that Poser has a 7″ record included with the physical copies being sold at Waxwork Records. Over on the their website, they have links to the Soundcloud of the tracks. The music really fits the atmosphere of the comic. The sound is very much early 80s California punk rock. It awesome. The version that is sold through Diamond will not include the vinyl.
If the slasher/horror movies of the 1980s are your thing and if the aggression of that era’s punk and hardcore music is also your thing, this is the marriage of the two you have been waiting for in comic book form. Great stuff.
Poser delivers a great blend of horror and punk rock.