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"Basketful of Heads #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Black Label / Hill House Comics

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Written by Joe Hill
Illustrated by Leomacs
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 27th, 2019

Review:

This should have been a nice night. It was the last day of summer and Liam and June were going to enjoy an evening with friends. The storm ruined that, causing some chaos on Brody Island. To make matters worse, some escaped convicts are in the area ready to raise Hell if it means getting free.

Basketful of Heads #2 picks up right where the debut issue left off. Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I proceeded to read this with wide eyes as writer Joe Hill raises the tension considerably. The convicts have broken into the Clausen's house, where GIRL was staying. There's no telling what they'll do when they get their hands on her and from the sound of things, they've already gotten to her boyfriend.

This issue starts out with a frightening home invasion aspect. June does her best to stay out of sight and it's a pretty nail-biting sequence as she peeks her head out to see if it's safe. Artist Leomacs frames this beautifully with some quiet, yet impactful panels. They're presented with no dialogue and your mind races to come up with answers for what might have happened. There's broken glass and blood all over the floor...and that's before one of the bad guys shows up.

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Leomacs' character work is amazing. June starts out as adorable yet vulnerable as she tries to figure out what to do next. This changes as she raises a mysterious ax. She gains confidence and prepares to defend herself. This shifts to anger once that weapon starts swinging.

The ax and the eventual beheading of the convict is all part of the premise of Basketful of Heads. While we knew this was coming, it was a great ride getting to this point and we're just getting started. Plus, the actual act was somewhat unexpected as Leomacs does a phenomenal job depicting this act of violence. It's less gory and more disorienting and eerie, plus a little humorous. The ax cuts through the neck like a hot knife through butter, cleaving the head from the body quickly. We see the bad guy's perspective, showing everything suddenly upside down with his body over to one side.

Colorist Dave Stewart paints Basketful of Heads with a grim palette full of greys and browns, brought on by the storm. This creates a dark foreboding tone that works very well with the story. The colors change when June swings the ax. There's an explosion of energy and the page is lit with bright reds and yellows. You immediately understand that this is a big deal and an important moment.

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Letterer Deron Bennett uses a unique font for Basketful of Heads, not one I've seen frequently. It coincides with the time period and setting very well. Bennett adds some nice additional details too, like when the convict's head is chopped off, the poor guy is still speaking. The word balloons are shaky showing how nervous and scared he is.

Basketful of Heads is still gaining momentum. Even though we've had a beheading, it feels like the early climb of a roller coaster. This is getting traction and my enjoyment of the series is only growing. The characters are well defined in both the plot and the artwork and the story is riveting from beginning to end, not to mention how downright terrifying it is. This book is awesome.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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