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"Fear Case #4" 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 May 5th, 2021


Secret Service Agents Winter and Mitchum managed to track down the strange box called the “Fear Case” by following the trail of corpses it's left behind. Winter gets a bit too close to the thing and Mitchum is left to figure out what happened and where to go next. After you stare into the abyss, you can't just go back and live a normal life. And what's next for this bizarre box?

Fear Case is a pretty creepy book. Writer Matt Kindt plays with the idea of a haunted object that we can all relate to in some shape or fashion. Have you ever seen a doll or toy that just weirded you out? Hell, that whole room in The Conjuring movies is chock full of this kind of stuff. In this case, the box defies all sense of logic. It just shouldn't be, nor should it be capable of unleashing all of the bloodshed and carnage it's left in its wake...yet there it is.

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This issue wraps up the series, pulling in the government which fulfills the usual role in this kind of stories by studying it and trying to figure out how to turn it into a weapon. The Fear Case is not so easily contained though. As we approach the final pages of this chapter and we get a look inside the box and all the hatred and death it's caused over the years, the twists keep on coming.

Artist Tyler Jenkins displays this in a gorgeous double-page spread that essentially traces all of the horrible things that have happened in the past few hundred years to this box. It's a powerful image that speaks volumes. It's only matched by the look of horror on Mitchum's face as he comes to grips with what this thing is capable of. His eyes practically pop out of his skull as he mind tries to wrap itself around this.

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Although the government's involvement is a trope that's often used in this kind of stuff, Fear Case adds some humanity to these officials. The final moments in this scene are perfectly encapsulated by Jim Campbell's letters, as the military man has the tiniest hesitation. He stutters as he gives the order to open the box, which just may be the last thing he'll ever say. This little piece is one of my favorite parts of the whole issue.

Much of Fear Case #4 takes place during the bright lights of the day, yet it's filled with an uneasy tension. Colorist Hilary Jenkins strikes a great balance between the sunshine and the terrors that can still exist in its rays. It puts all of the scares right up front, unable to hide any longer.

Fear Case is an unsettling read. It's the kind of horror comic that will send a shiver up your spine. You'll be questioning reality. At the very least, you'll be thinking twice if anyone hands you a strange box. Remember, they'll need to give the Fear Case to the person they hate the most or the person they love the most will die. Maybe just be nice to everyone to play it safe.


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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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