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"Grit #2" 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, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 26th, 2020


Monster hunting is pretty straightforward, right? You see a big ugly creature, you put it down, then you're on your way. That's the life Old Man Barrow is used to, but he's run into a new twist, as someone is holding him accountable for all the bloodshed he's left behind.

Grit #2 presents an interesting perspective on a tried-and-true sub-genre. It's not that the monsters are noble or something like that. It's more that. It's an exploration of generations, as Barrow represents the old guard, used to solving problems with the swing of an axe while Ari, the leaf-speaker, shows that there are other ways to handle these things without leaving a pile of bodies in your wake. They make for an unlikely and interesting duo.

Writer Brian Wickman creates a fun and intriguing clash of personalities between these two that reframes Barrow's mission. We also get a glimpse into the monster hunter's past through a series of unsettling visions. It is clear that he's been through quite a lot in his life and now we have an idea of what some of those horrors are that he's witnessed.

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Letterer Micah Myers adds some more personality to this meeting, particularly for Ari as she goes off on Barrow for his past deeds. You get a real sense of her voice in how her dialogue appears.

Kevin Castaniero's artwork in Grit #2 is superb. It's the perfect fit for this...gritty story. You can practically feel the calluses on Barrow's hands, not to mention the grizzled wrinkles on his face. Castaniero's linework is exquisite with a ton of great detail that creates a frenetic energy. The fight scenes feel like the images are moving as each blow is struck.

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This is amplified by colorist Simon Gough's work that paints a rather drab setting in a dark and decaying forest. Barrow's visions are shown in a sickly hue to differentiate them as a purely unique experience from the rest of the book. As with the first issue, blood really pops on the page. It's a bright and vibrant red that draws the eye every time it appears.

Grit introduces us to this fascinating world full of monsters in its first chapter. Now it's expanded the mythos with new monsters and new allies (if you can call Ari that) in Barrow's journey. We're just scraping the surface here and I can't wait to see more.


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Overall: 4.5 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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