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"Fear Case #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics


Written by Matt Kindt
Illustrated by Tyler Jenkins
Colored by Hilary Jenkins
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 3rd, 2021


Federal Agents Winters and Mitchum have a hot lead on a mysterious and deadly case that has plagued the Bureau for ages. Time is running out for them to solve it and more people are dying. Remember The Ring? There was a tape that if you watched, you'd die in seven days unless you got someone else to watch? Fear Case takes that same basic idea, but puts a unique spin on it. You get a box and if you don't pass it on to the person you hate the most within three days, it will kill the one you love the most. That's what these Agents are trying to track down.

Fear Case hits with a great premise and writer Matt Kindt pulls this along quickly with a solid detective thriller. There's a mix of excitement and fear as these two Agents get closed to finding this thing. This is a case that's assigned to new recruits as a way of teaching them a lesson and they have a limited time to solve it before it's passed on to someone else. Those that stay on it for too long go mad. These guys are nearly at the end of their time with it and they're so close, so they want to see it through.

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Nothing could prepare them for what they would encounter though. The crime scenes they walk into are like nothing I've seen before. Artist Tyler Jenkins delivers some pretty horrifying stuff. Early on in this issue we're treated to a disturbing trail of intestines through a hotel room. They're hung up like streamers for a party.

This murder box provides an interesting look at humanity. Some folks have no problem passing this along to someone they hate. They don't even hesitate. We bounce through a few folks in this issue as the Agents follow the box along, getting closer and closer each time to the point where they actually catch a glimpse of it.

On the surface, Fear Case looks like a typical police thriller, but when you dig just a little deeper, you see all the horrors lurking within. Tyler Jenkins puts in a few shots where you see the ominous cloud hanging over these Agents, manifesting as a tentacled monster in one shot and later as a haunting skull.

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Much of this juxtaposition comes in Hilary Jenkins' colors. At times these images look like they're pulled right from the latest cop drama on TV, with the warm sun beating down on our protagonists as they pursue their suspects. We then shift to darker tones when they confront the horrifying and deadly reality of this box and what it can do.

Letterer Jim Campbell's work in Fear Case #2 is very well done. The two Agents complement each other both in their work and in their speech. The word balloons have a good flow to them to keep their conversations moving at a nice pace. There's some varied font sizes later on to add some additional context to how they're speaking too.

Fear Case mixes your typical police thriller with a horror tale that's anything but. It's equal parts exciting and disturbing, which makes for a great combination. It's like a Lovecraftian version of True Detective.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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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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