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"Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics


Written by Eliot Rahal
Illustrated by John Bivens
Colored by Hannah Jerrie & Iris Monahan
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2019, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 16th, 2019


Ages ago, something otherworldly was buried beneath what is now King Lake, near the sleepy town of Whisper. Years later, a comet flies through the sky, awakening what lurks deep below the water's surface and unearthing all kinds of terror. The locals are not ready for this.

After showing a literal alien spaceship cruising by and dropping a weird giant egg during the time of the dinosaurs, writer Eliot Rahal works to establish the town and its residents. You get a good sense of their personalities and what life here is like. This is one of those areas you might drive right past without even noticing while on a road trip. It's a quaint area that enjoys the simple things in life, like spooky old movies, milkshakes, and the occasional Ouija board.

This makes the turn to horror all the more shocking. Artist John Bivens scared the crap out of me. We're lured into this false sense of security throughout Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1. We know that something dangerous is lurking nearby, but we almost forget about it by how the townsfolk interact...then the monster shows up.

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This is hard to describe and I don't want to go into too much detail because it's best experienced cold. Suffice it to say, this is unlike any creature I've ever seen. It's horrifying and disgusting all at once, with rows of sharp teeth, way too many eyes and I don't even know what to call the weird things hanging off its chin.

Here's the thing though: That's just the first part of the scares. The real terror comes later. It's shocking and completely unexpected. Bivens delivers one of the most unsettling horror sequences I've seen all year. It's unnatural and so very freaky that I'm having a hard time looking at it while writing about it right now. Seriously, skin shouldn't stretch and twist that way.

Bivens also has a real talent for art direction, particularly in the opening pages showing the delivery of the creature to Earth. You get a sense of the sheer power at play here, along with how mysterious and deadly it is through a varied layout that also shows the passage of time.

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Colorists Hannah Jerrie & Iris Monahan aid this as well, passing from the cold reaches of space to the fiery atmosphere to the quiet waters of the lake. Each phase has a different palette. Jerrie & Monahan set the tone for each scene. I really like the shot at the TV station with Rip G. Raves, going from a spooky light while his show is on to a more somber tone after the cameras stop rolling. Letterer Taylor Esposito adds a nice touch to this character too, especially when he's on air. You can practically hear his spooky voice emanating through the screen.

I am so excited for Cult Classic to expand into more stories. From the looks of Creature Feature, the creative team is going big. This is some top notch sci-fi horror that's just getting started. It's like Godzilla meets Happy Days through the lens of Junji Ito.


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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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