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"Grit #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Scout Comics


Written by Brian Wickman
Illustrated by Kevin Castaniero
Colored by Simon Gough
Lettered by Micah Myers
2020, 24 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 29th, 2020


Trolls. Why did it have to be trolls? Old Man Garrow took the job, so he has to see it through, even if that means getting his hands dirty...or rather bloody by hacking these monsters to pieces. What else drives this man to such violence?

Grit lays the groundwork for some epic monster hunting adventures in its debut issue. Much of this is attributable to Kevin Castaniero's stellar artwork. It is a perfect fit for this book, full of visceral action and pure terror. It's reminiscent of Kyle Strahm or Mike Mignola.

Much of Grit #1 is presented with little to no dialogue. The monster-hunting moves at a breakneck pace. It gives us just a taste of what we can expect from this world and it's absolutely crazy.

Colorist Simon Gough paints a dreary life for Barrow as he stalks through the woods searching for trolls. These creatures are a drab green / grey. They look sickly and dangerous...until their faces are cut off and the blood flows. Gough's reds are electric. That's a key to a great horror book and it really excels here. The red builds over time too as the blood flows more and more. It coats Barrow's arms as he continues his assault.

While the trolls are one thing, there is something bigger and darker brewing. Letterer Micah Myers uses some ominous word balloons for some of the entities Barrow encounters, hinting at what else is to come for this lone warrior.

Writer Brian Wickman introduces us to an intriguing and terrifying world in Grit. There's enough to chew on to pull me in and I desperately want to see more. There is still quite a bit unknown about Barrow and his career as a monster hunter, but I'm looking forward to see how this unfolds.


Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourandahalfstars
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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