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"CulDeSac" Graphic Novel Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by ShaWill Comics

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Written by Andrew Shaw
Illustrated by Will Pleydon
2017, 72 Pages

Review:

Small towns can hold the darkest secrets and strangest oddities. Such is the case in CulDeSac, a horror anthology comic showcasing the bizarre and terrifying things going on behind these white picket fences. These include man-eating plants, vampires, and spider demons, to name a few.

CulDeSac is a period piece, taking place in the 1950s. Will Pleydon’s artwork matches that time perfectly, with a bright innocence that is quickly stripped away as the horrors are revealed. Each tale in this graphic novel starts out simple enough, showing things like a man tending his garden or a milkman making a delivery. When you scratch just below the surface, you find all kinds of monsters, both supernatural and normal.

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This contrast between the quaint and sunny town and abject terror works well. You start every story wondering what unsettling creature is going to come out next. Surely there has to be one house on this block that doesn’t contain a monster? The answer to that question is “no.”

Each tale in CulDeSac works like a mini-episode of The Twilight Zone. As such, it’s tough to pick a favorite. They hit you quickly and brutally, barely giving you a moment to catch your breath before diving into the next one. Writer Andrew Shaw peppers the book with something for everyone.

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The stories pull no punches. This is a dangerous area filled with beings that would crush your skull if given half the opportunity. Shaw let’s Pleydon’s artwork do most of the work, showing the violence in full color. There are some stories that are presented without a piece of dialogue and they flow very well. It gives you a chance to take it all in and soak up Pleydon’s images.

CulDeSac is a solid anthology filled with scares, gore, and all sorts of monsters. The gorgeous artwork lures you into a false sense of security before a character literally rips their face off to reveal the hideous beast lurking within. That really happens and it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

CulDeSac can be purchased directly from the creators at Etsy.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Culdesac Cover
Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

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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