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"Daphne Byrne #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics / Hill House Comics


Written by Laura Marks
Illustrated by Kelley Jones
Colored by Michelle Madsen
Lettered by Rob Leigh
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 29th, 2020


Daphne has her own problems but manages to suppress the terrifying spirit that's been haunting her long enough to try and get her mom to realize she's being duped by a few con men. That's easier said than done because Daphne's mother is enthralled at the idea of speaking to her deceased husband. Human horrors rise up, but the supernatural ones aren't far behind.

There's an interesting balance of terror in Daphne Byrne #4. First you get the uncomfortable scares of these con men that are trying to swindle Daphne's mom out of her money, which is so very slimy. They're awful and everyone else can realize how awful they are, except Daphne's mother. Even when the truth is revealed, she refuses to believe it. There's an eerie similarity to events in the present day with the whole “fake news” problem.

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Letterer Rob Leigh shows this tension really well with some great work from the wavy word balloons of one of the con men to the bold text of anger from Daphne's mother. The sound effects are also pretty solid, amplifying the frightening aspects.

This is balanced with the face-melting terror of the Daphne's spirit friend. Artist Kelley Jones takes us on a disturbing journey and it comes out of nowhere. We're completely unprepared for it, so it packs an even bigger punch. It just keeps going too. Every time you think you've seen the worst this sequence has to offer, Jones ratchets up the scares even more. There are shivers up my spine just thinking about it again.

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The shadows in this sequence are incredible. These create a moody atmosphere that cast an eerie tone on every single scene. The darkness only adds to the impressive color work from Michelle Madsen with a dreary palette. There's an unmistakable feeling of dread throughout the whole book.

Daphne Byrne continues its spiral into sheer, unbridled terror. Things get darker and grimmer for our main character as the horrors mount around her, both from the real world and the supernatural.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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