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"I Walk With Monsters #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Sally Cantirino
Colored by Dearbhla Kelly
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 25th, 2020

Review:

Jacey hunts metaphorical monsters with the help of a literal one. She's taking out men who prey on the vulnerable in search of the Important Man who took her brother away from her years ago. It's only a matter of time before their paths cross again.

I Walk With Monsters starts off strong, giving you an immediate idea of what to expect from the series before ripping the rug out from under you. On the surface, this looks and feels like a new version of Hack / Slash, with Jacey and David filling the roles of Cassie and Vlad. Instead we get something much more.

Writer Paul Cornell does not reveal the relationship between Jacey and David just yet. It's complicated, but they're posing as father and daughter to the outside world. David can turn into a monster and it's clear this isn't comfortable for him. It also doesn't phase Jacey at all. This is shown in an awesome opening segment where Jacey is being held captive by a killer and David swoops in to save her, not in a heroic manner, but more matter of fact. He's a monster and he eats people. What are you going to do about it?

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David's monster form is like a fiery dragon dog with multiple eyes. Artist Sally Canirino does a brilliant job with this design. There are shades of the wendigo from Hellboy too. What makes this even better is Jacey's non-pulsed expression in the background. She's clearly seen this before and does not care. Just get this over with so she can get untied and go onto the next killer.

I Walk With Monsters bounces between the past and the present, providing glimpses into Jacey's youth. Colorist Dearbhla Kelly differentiates the flashbacks with a lighter, yellowish tone. We can't say these are simpler times as they are anything but, however there's an innocence to Jacey that is not seen in the modern day. That is eroded with each additional look back at the past as we get a better idea as to what her childhood was really like.

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A big part of this is the Important Man, a politician that took Jacey's brother. She can't remember details about him. When we meet him, his face is crossed out, as if a child hastily scribbled all over it with red marker. The same is true for his words when he introduces himself. Letterer AndWorld Design put a name there, but it's crossed out in an erratic fashion, adding to the overall mystery.

This is where I Walk With Monsters hits like a punch to the stomach. It's one thing to make a cool monster / serial killer hunting story. It's quite another to pack it with great character development like this. I finished this issue and just said, “Wow”, because this is a powerful story right out the gate. This is one of the most impressive and frightening debut issues I've seen in some time. The kicker is that it's not scary because of the literal monster. It's scary because of the situations surrounding it, and that gets right into your bones.

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Overall: 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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