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"Cult Classic: Return to Whisper #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Eliot Rahal
Illustrated by Felipe Cunha
Colored by Dee Cunniffe
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 25th, 2018

Review:

Back in 1997, the Graveyard Gang decides to steal the Diary of Colonel Vance, which holds the secret of untold treasure.  Fast forward to the present day when the group has come together once again, not to collect the treasure, but to bury a friend...that is, if they can stay alive long enough to do so.  On one side, we have a fun teenage heist.  On the other, DEATH!

There are a lot of characters in Cult Classic: Return to Whisper.  The main gang has nine kids in it, each with their own unique personality and traits.  Some gravitate towards the spotlight with more outlandish actions and jokes, which means others fade into the shadows.  I had a tough time linking up the kids to their adult versions in the first issue and that problem arose here too.  A little guide on the opening credits page might be helpful in this regard because I'm having trouble telling who's who.

The 1997 heist is a super fun aspect of this book.  This group of scrappy kids are going to steal a book from a museum and have created an elaborate plan to do so complete with code names and walkie-talkies.  This is where writer Eliot Rahal really shines, filling these scenes with fun gags that make the teenagers relatable and interesting.  You want them to succeed and get away with the robbery.  Moreover, you want to be part of this gang.  They hang out, watch scary movies, and rob stuff?  Sign me up.  

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The flashback scenes have a slightly different shade to them.  Colorist Dee Cunniffe gives these pages a somewhat faded look, like they've been out in the sun too long.  Since these are essentially memories, it's a fitting look.  The characters appear more lively and certainly more innocent.  This contrasts well with the stark reality of the present day.  The hopes and dreams they once had have been swept away by the cold responsibilities of adulthood.  

This is also seen in Felipe Cunha's artwork.  The 1997 scenes are filled with smiles and mischief.  The sky is the limit.  Every day is like a trip with the Goonies for them.  Fast forward to today and that excitement is gone.  They're bogged down by life and it shows in the wrinkles and extra pounds they've put on.  

Cunha has some great art direction, holding on certain moments to give them extra weight.  That could be to give a joke an added beat or to provide some more gravitas to an emotional moment.  It makes for a well-paced story.  

The dual timelines of Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is a great feature as we come to grips with how they can be connected.  How did these characters get to here?  This issue fills in some of that background and continues to add to the overall story.  Just when I thought it was going to hang out in the drama genre for a bit, I flipped the page and my jaw hit the floor in a shocking image that I did not see coming.  It hits like a punch to the gut and certainly ups the ante.

Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is a great, character-driven comic with a nice mix of humor, drama, and scares.  Although I can't tell all the kids apart yet, I'm very much along for the ride based on how real they come across and how relatable their lives are.  Granted, I never discovered buried treasure as a kid, but I totally dreamed of doing that.  Who hasn't?  This makes the troubles and bloodshed that fills their present day lives all the more gripping.

Grades:

Story: Fourstars Cult Classic Return To Whisper 2 Cover
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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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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