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"Blu Lullaby: Volume 1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Chad Perkins
Illustrated by Andrea Montano
2019, 98 Pages

Review:

Do you remember the 1989 film, Little Monsters, where Fred Savage hung out with the monster under his bed, played by Howie Mandel? Well, Blu Lullaby takes that idea and puts a dark spin on it. Winter has teamed up with Blu, the monster under her bed, as agents of Safety Blanket to protect kids from the real-life horrors of the world. These aren't creatures hiding in your closet. These are terrors masquerading as human beings.

The bulk of Blu Lullaby deals with a series of child kidnappings in a small town. Winter and Blu head in to investigate. There's a detective angle here as the two go undercover at the local school. There's definitely something weird going on in this place. It's creepy from the get-go. Writer Chad Perkins steadily builds the tension as the book goes along. You'll be questioning every character that comes on the page, wondering what their connection to these crimes might be.

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While Winter and Blu are an unorthodox pair, they still have to follow some rules. They have a boss and they get assignments just like detectives for the police department. They have a rebellious streak in them because they've been through a lot of the same trauma as the kids they're looking to save. If it was up to them, no other child would have to go through what they did.

The horror element in Blu Lullaby really comes in the monster half of this duo. He takes the form of a giant terrifying bunny. Think a four-legged version of that rabbit from Donnie Darko and you're not far off. Artist Andrea Montano makes Blu look creepy even if he's just sitting there. When he leaps into action, everything changes. He can change his form, growing larger and getting more menacing as he protects Winter with everything he's got.

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The action in this book is top notch. The backgrounds often fade away, replaced with streaks of light, similar to that in anime. It adds a bit of intensity to the fight scenes. Of course, having someone like Blu in the mix definitely ups the ante.

Blu Lullaby confronts a very real horror and puts it through a childlike lens. It's wishful thinking that something like child abuse can be fought with an imaginary friend, so there's a bit of hope in there mixed with all the terror. This first volume ends with one helluva twist that will hit you like a punch to the gut. Just when you think you know where it's going, the rug is pulled out from under you. The door is left wide open for more stories and I certainly hope we get to see the further adventures of Winter and Blu.

Grades:

Story: Fourstars Blu Lullaby Small
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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