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"Basketful of Heads #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics / Hill House Comics


Written by Joe Hill
Illustrated by Leomacs
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 26th, 2020


Just a few days ago, June's life was simple and carefree. Sure, the summer was ending, but her boyfriend Liam loved her and everything was fine. Fast forward to today where she's beheaded a few bad guys, uncovered corruption in local law enforcement, cut off her own thumb to escape attackers, not to mention questioning everything her boyfriend has said to her. Yeah, it's been quite a wild ride and it's all led up to this final confrontation.

Basketful of Heads #7 wraps up the series and ties up all of the loose ends of the story. Some of this gets a little exposition heavy as people take some time explaining themselves, giving background for things like where the ax came from, what Liam was really up to, and what was going on at the police department. Just when some of these info dumps start to drag, writer Joe Hill switches direction and ups the ante further. These make for some great twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

The issue ends with a nice bookend to the overall series with a scene that mirrors the opening pages of issue #1. We see that scene in a different light now that we know everything that's transpired. It's a fitting way to close out the story in a definitive fashion. Sure, you can always pick this up down the line and tell another story about this mysterious ax that can cut a man's head off but not kill him, but that's not entirely needed. This is a solid tale through and through.

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Artist Leomacs is a big part of that with characters that show a tremendous amount of depth and personality. June has an innocence to her that was first mistaken as naiveté and is now shown as righteousness. She's tired of being pushed around and it shows. You can see the weight of this entire ordeal weighing her down as she tries to wrap her head around all of this new information and what to do with it. There are some terrific close-up shots that strengthen these traits, not only with June but with Liam and some of the others too. So much is said without having to outright spell it out.

The action scenes are a real standout in Basketful of Heads #7. Leomacs brings an intensity to these images that makes it feel like they're moving. You can feel the boat rocking as each revelation comes through. The sound effects sprawl across the page, adding to the energy and impact of each shot.

Colorist Dave Stewart is an absolute master, conveying the seriousness of the final pages and what June has at stake. The sun is gone and has been for some time, leaving a dark cloud over the entire island in its wake. Depending on how this night goes, the sun may never come out again.

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Rounding out the creative team is letterer Deron Bennett with some word balloons that convey a personality of their own. Whether it's the strained voices of the severed heads in the basket or June's confidence as she makes her final decision, it all adds to the characters and their voices.

Basketful of Heads shows that every town has its fair share of secrets. Things make look pristine and quaint on the surface, but that could be hiding sinister intentions ready to bubble up with one big storm or a swing of an ax. It's a bloody, tense ride made even more so with well-defined characters full of life...and a bit of death. This is easily one of the best horror comics of the year.


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Overall: 4.5 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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