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"Doll Island" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Source Point Press

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Written by Mira Mortal
Illustrated by D.N.S.
2019, 58 Pages, $6.99
Graphic novel released on December 18th, 2019

Review:

Sure, you could take your girlfriend to a romantic dinner or a moonlit stroll, but that's too classy for these dudes. They're going to take their ladies to Doll Island, the creepy spot that's most definitely haunted and at the bare minimum, riddled with disease. The group is soon interrupted by a madman looking to put them on hooks across the island like the unsettling dolls that are hammered on tree trunks all over the place.

Doll Island is the perfect summation of the term “bad idea.” This makes for a great slasher tale, but you have to forgive the complete and utter stupidity of the characters. While this doesn't lend itself to a deep story, we do see these cannon fodder kids get tore up in increasingly horrific ways.

There's an ominous tone in Doll Island from the very beginning. D.N.S.'s artwork is nothing short of haunting. It's almost too dark at times, blacking out the sky and snuffing out any and all hope these kids have of survival. This does get a little confusing later on when they're running through the night and can't see anything. The colors don't look any different from earlier in the book where they can see fine.

The artwork itself, while moody and foreboding, is rather uneven. There are some pages with gorgeous detail and others feel thrown together or rushed, barely resembling a rough form of a person. Fortunately, the characters are different enough that even in these basic outlines we can tell who is who, although their personalities are pretty light to begin with, so it doesn't quite matter.

We don't get much in the way of an explanation for the strangeness in Doll Island. There's a weird guy murdering people that dare to come upon the island's shores and there's definitely something more going on, like maybe he's being forced to do this by some supernatural entity. I would have liked to see writer Mira Mortal explore this further as there are the glimmer of some cool ideas in here.

As it stands, Doll Island is a slasher comic akin to the classics seen in theaters in the 1980s. It's light on story, but has a ton of potential for further expansion. You have to wonder how a place like this can come about, let alone become such a horrifying home for carnage and bloodshed.

Doll Island can be purchased directly from Source Point Press.

Grades:

Story: threestars Cover
Art: threestars
Overall: 3 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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