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"Little Girl #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Devil's Due Entertainment

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Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Olivia Pelaez
Colored by Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 9th, 2019

Review:

Abby May's life was tortured and far too short. She was nearly drowned by her own parents in a bizarre religious ritual. Now her spirit is cursed to follow her stuffed penguin, like a tether to this world, dealing out punishment where she sees fit in the most brutal ways imaginable. At long last, she's learned the truth and by a strange turn of events, the penguin has made it back home to her not-so-loving parents. You've heard what they say about vengeance being a dish best served cold? Well, this one is about to erupt in flames.

I've seen a lot of ghosts over the years and I can safely say that Abby May is one of the scariest. Part of it is that she is a little girl, small in stature yet sickly and frail due to her last days of life. She's fueled by hatred and rage, so it's turned her body into this machine of terror. The opening pages has her stalking a young boy and her jaw basically unhinges like a snake, ready to swallow this kid's head whole. Artist Olivia Pelaez creates a truly haunting visage with this character.

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Abby May's alabaster tone makes her stand out as well. Colorists Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz give her a chalk-like skin color, like she's been completely washed away. Not only has her life been sucked out of her, but so has any hope or joy. It's all been replaced by this seething anger.

Pelaez excels with some subtle moments that really amplify the terror. A great example of this is when we feel Abby May's presence, but can't quite see it yet. We see the back seat of a car in one panel and then the small indentation of her body and hand pressing down on the seat. You can tell that she's in there, but she's still invisible. That small two panel sequence freaked me out so much.

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We get a deeper look at Abby May's horrible parents, transfixed by the word of the Lord in a cult-like environment. Her father rambles on and on about sickness and the power of God in words that fill the page. Letterer Jim Campbell creates a suffocating feeling as these word balloons start to surround everyone on the page. They're interrupted by the smallest of sounds that soon transforms into a cacophony of pain and anguish as you realize what's happening. It's a great turn in the heat of the sermon.

The level of violence dealt by this pint-size poltergeist is incredible. It's over-the-top and so very satisfying as these people deserve every last bit they get. This builds to an incredible cliffhanger that makes you wonder where this series can go next. Little Girl has kept me on my toes with every page. Writer Pat Shand has weaved a frightening tale of sweet revenge mixed with heartbreaking tragedy.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Little Girl 3 Cover
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

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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