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"Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Sit Comics

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Written by Darin Henry
Illustrated by Al Milgrom and Neil Vokes
Colored by Glenn Whitmore
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
2019, 36 Pages

Review:

Ahh, the horror anthology comic. It's a classic that dates back to the early days of spooky funny books and continues on to the present. Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum looks to join this storied lineage alongside the likes of Tales from the Crypt, Creepy, and more recently, House of Waxwork. Ms. Macabre guides us through the tales as our host.

There are two main stories included in the first issue of Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum, as well as a few very brief tales. Barbra is along for the ride in all but “Magic Insurance”, a cartoony look at a world where insurance companies can cover you against werewolf attacks and zombie outbreaks. I don't want to come down too hard on our host, but this is the story I like the most.

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There is something off about Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum. Unlike classic horror hosts like Uncle Creepy or the Cryptkeeper, Barbra isn't content with just introducing the title. She narrates the whole thing. Also, she does this in rhyme. First off, there's only one character in comics who can get away with speaking that way and that's Etrigan the Demon. Secondly, this takes away from the stories themselves. Comics are a visual medium, so there's no need for Barbra to explain what's happening, as we can see it with our own eyes. This is detrimental to the story and artwork, treating it more like a children's book than a comic.

This is rather unfortunate, as there are some pretty fun stories in Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum. The first, “Not Silent But Deadly”, from writer Darin Henry, artist Al Milgrom, and colorist Glenn Whitmore, follows a dorky guy working security at a hamburger factory only to find his bully from high school is his new co-worker. He snaps and takes out the lug only to have it come back around in a horrifying manner.

Unsurprisingly, no one gets off scot-free in stories like this. There's a lesson to be had and this guy gets it in a pretty gruesome and humorous way. Milgrom's artwork plays up the disgusting quality of the bully, emphasizing his gut and all-around filthy attitude. The artist's style works with the overall look and feel of the Morbid Museum. Whitmore's colors provide a similar effect.

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As with the narration, both tales in this book feel a little overwritten, taking quite a while to get going with way too much information. Granted, Henry had the space to tell these stories, but if the two main ones were trimmed a bit, they'd probably be able to fit in another.

Barbra Macabre's Morbid Museum has the right attitude and tone of the great horror anthology comics. The host just needs to give up the spotlight a bit and let the stories shine on their own. There's a reason you only saw Uncle Creepy in the very beginning and very end of each tale. There is a ton of potential here if things can be tightened up a little.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Barbra Macabres Morbid Museum 1 Small
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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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