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"Last Days of Kevin #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Gregory S. Faulk
Illustrated by Gian Carlo Bernal
Colored by A. Freyja Rae Harlow
2017, 24 Pages
Comic released on October 11th, 2017

Review:

Judging from the title of Last Days of Kevin, it’s probably a bad time to be the main character.  Kevin seems like he’s got a good life.  When we first meet him, he wakes up next to a beautiful woman who is having a cryptic conversation on the phone.  When she heads out on a mysterious trip, Kevin is left alone in their luxurious apartment.  That doesn’t last long, as a horde of terrifying demons descend on the building, killing everyone in sight.  

Kevin is thrown into this battle, but he’s not entirely unprepared.  He can handle himself in a fight and perhaps more importantly, he knows how to use a firearm.  This helps keep him alive as these demons are tracking him based on the scent of his lover.  We don’t know why these creatures are looking for her, however it’s clear they’re willing to do anything to get their hands on her.

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The demons are horrifying creations.  Artist Gian Carlo Bernal drew creatures covered in muscle, horns, and teeth.  They look like they wouldn’t flinch if they were hit by a car, as they’re ridiculously strong.  They represent the real top of the food chain.  Although the demons look suitably unsettling, the human characters often appear flat or awkward.  They’re standing in strange positions or parts of them look a little too large.  

A. Freyja Rae Harlow’s colors get darker as Kevin’s evening gets worse.  The issue opens with cool darkness that’s offset by bright florescent lighting.  That goes right out the window when the demons start attacking.  Then it’s nothing but shadow and blood, and boy is there a lot of blood.  
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The lettering is somewhat problematic throughout Last Days of Kevin.  I can cut the book some slack as it’s an indie title, but there are quite a few spelling and grammatical errors that should have been caught during the editing phase and definitely should have been fixed prior to publication.  Lettering is a thankless but incredibly necessary part of comics and you only really notice it when it’s done poorly.  

Last Days of Kevin has an intriguing premise.  This seemingly innocent man is thrown into a fight for his life against supernatural creatures.  Just hours before he was lying naked with a beautiful woman.  Boy did his night take a turn for the worse.  Some of the dialogue comes through a little clunky, but there’s more than enough to keep you interested.  Writer Gregory S. Faulk has a number of great ideas in here.  I’m curious as to how they will all come together.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Last Days Of Kevin 1 Cover
Art: Threeandahalfstars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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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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