Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: THE ELECTRIC BLACK Volume 1 – An Antique Shop of Horrors!
The Electric Black Volume 1
Writer: Joseph Schmalke
Artist: Rich Woodall
Cover Artist: Rich Woodall
Publisher: Scout Comics
Oh, hey, Mom. I’m in the middle of writing a trade paperback review for The Electric Black. Now, why would you think this comic book would be about dancing? No, Mom, it’s called The Electric Black, not the Electric Slide. It’s about an evil antique shop. No, Mom, you can’t buy dance moves there. Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
The Electric Black Volume 1 trade paperback, published by Scout Comics and written by Joseph Schmalke, collects issues #1 through #4, and is about an antique shop that you do NOT ever want to enter. Ever! Never! Unless you’re the reader, of course. With this cursed shop, the door to evil is always open. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Here, “everyone who comes in gets what they deserve.” (Enter your best evil laugh here).
The Electric Black is run by Julius Black, who labels himself as the “proprietor, clerk, and slave to this house of wonders.” Each issue has twisted, horrific tales narrated by Black to go along with the story that’s taking place inside the shop. Eerie, edge of your seat thrillers such as “The Rat Ship,” “Bixby’s Miracle Drops,” “The Nuns of Castello Della Rotta,” and many more. And Black is not alone in his murderous mischief. He has other employees to help him out with his evil doings that include Jack (the Ripper?), June Bug (hotter than summer, but deadlier than a harsh winter), and that thing named Roy in the basement (shiver!). If you’re looking for the address to this cursed antique store so you can be sure to avoid it, don’t bother. If it wants you, it will find you. It can appear “in any time or space.” Now, throw in the mysterious Inquisition Strike Force and a Satanic cult that are both trying to hunt down this evil emporium, and you have more mystery, intrigue, mayhem, and horror than a whole seasons worth of Tales From the Crypt trapped inside a seasons worth of The Twilight Zone. Add in the Black Ledger (an evil book) and the creepiest teddy bear I have ever seen, you have a horror series that is cutting edge, original, and sure to give you sleepless nights (at least keep the light on). Gulp!
If you’re a fan of comic book horror series such as Grimm’s Ghost Stories (Gold Key Comics), The House of Mystery (DC Comics), Journey Into Mystery (Marvel Comics), Tales From the Crypt (EC), or The Vault of Horror (EC), then you’ll want to add this series to your pull list. Writer Joseph Schmalke seems to draw off those series while also adding his own special brand of macabre and mayhem to the mix. Artist and cover artist, Rich Woodall brings his own unique approach that brings the evil alive and invites you inside each page. All the regular and variant covers are worth checking out. Plus, this trade paperback also contains “exclusive bonus artwork and a special cover gallery.” If you want some creepiness in your life, go buy this one today.
No, Mom, I can’t give you the address to The Electric Black, because it’s not a real store. Mom, you can buy rolls of black electric tape practically anywhere. Oh, boy.