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"Cult Classic: Creature Feature #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Eliot Rahal
Illustrated by John Bivens
Colored by Hannah Jerrie & Iris Monahan
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 29th, 2020

Review:

Think about this for a moment. You know your skeleton? The leg bone's connected to the hip bone? That whole thing? Now imagine it crawling out of your mouth. That's just one of the disturbing visuals in Cult Classic: Creature Feature #4. That's the level of terror we've reached in this book and it's still rising.

Things have been strange since a comet landed near this sleepy town of Whisper. Now a group of kids and a late night TV host are trying to survive attacks from a horde of cannibalistic skeleton monsters. The scares would have been enough to cement Cult Classic as a solid horror tale, but what elevates it is how writer Eliot Rahal has established these characters. We've seen the tragedies some of them have gone through in such a short time. Up until recently their biggest problems were passing a math test or telling a girl how they really feel. Now they're fighting for their lives.

Some of the characters have been given more of the spotlight than others, however the overall plight stands out. I'm wrapped up in this adventure and wondering what me and my friends would have done in this situation at that time. (Spoiler alert: We would have died so fast.)

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You fully understand the sheer terror at play in Cult Classic: Creature Feature #4 thanks to John Bivens' artwork. Those skeleton monsters? Oh man, are they creepy. They're more than just skeletons. The internal organs are still in there along with the eyes in the skull. This creates an unsettling and slightly humorous visage. Since there's no skin, facial features are non-existent. This leads to a sickening and inhuman glare that is mirrored on the face of every one of them. They've lost any semblance of their old selves, literally shedding their skin to become these monsters.

There's a double page spread in this issue showing the birth of the skeleton creatures that is as insane as it is awesome. It captures the sheer chaos of this happening to a group of people all at once. The panels are shown at odd angles, adding to the crazy nature of the sequence. This is a payoff that's been building since early on in the series. We knew something like this was coming because we have the whole picture, but the characters were completely unaware.

These monsters seem to glow as they rampage through the town. Colorists Hannah Jerrie & Iris Monahan use a luminescent yellow to showcase the skeletons, giving them a jaundiced look. They tear through the streets like a terrifying group of night lights, shining through the darkness in a most disturbing fashion.

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Adding the final touch to these creatures and their creepy nature is letterer Taylor Esposito, using a font that varies in size to show their screams. That's all the sound they make. At times it feels claustrophobic, especially when there are multiple skeletons on a page. You can imagine how overwhelming the experience would be to come face-to-face with some of these things. This monstrous yell is matched by those of abject fear on the part of their victims.

Cult Classic: Creature Feature is a horror fan's delight. You'll invest time with characters before seeing them go through hell with no guarantee of survival. Every time you think you know where it's going, the creative team pulls the rug out from under you and scares the crap out of you. That's some solid spooky storytelling right there.

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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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