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"Malevolents: Click Click (Special Edition)" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Thom Burgess
Illustrated by Joe Becci
2014, 44 Pages

Review:

One of my favorite comics of 2015 is back with a new special edition. The book is just as terrifying as it was back then. This time around we've got some extras like never-before-seen artwork, background information about the real life origins of the story, and an introduction from the legendary Junji Ito.

If you haven't experienced Malevolents: Click Click yet, you are in for a treat. Writer Thom Burgess spins a frightening ghost story within a ghost story as a group of kids try to scare each other in a haunted house. This premise is easy to get into because just about everyone has had a sleepover where you're exchanging spooky tales with friends.

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You become so engrossed with the story of Maggs, the deranged person who was kept locked up in this building, and the poor kid that spent the night there on a dare. Maggs starts to haunt this boy, lurking in the shadows, just out of his line of sight. He might occasionally see Maggs from the corner of his eye, but when he turns, the ghastly vision is gone.

Artist Joe Becci illustrates this wonderfully. There are times where you might think Maggs is in the background, but it could just be a trick of the light. This helps rationalize what's going on and make you wonder if it's real or not. It also heightens the terror considerably, as it takes the danger of this entity out of the confines of the haunted house and into the real world. It's one thing to know about a scary house but quite another to have a part of it follow you home.

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This builds and builds throughout the issue leading to one of the scariest pages I've seen in recent memory. At times, it's tough to look at. On its own, it's not that frightening, but when you have the benefit of the entire story up until this point, it's a huge payoff and a delightful scare.

The extra material included in the back of the book is fun, although it's not a huge selling point. I'm still focused primarily on the comic itself and that delivers in spades. Seeing some of Becci's process is cool, so we get an idea of how he took Burgess' words and created this world.

Malevolents: Click Click is a stunning debut that will scare the crap out of you. It's a testament to how terrifying horror can be within the comic book medium.

Grades:

Story: Fivestars Malevelents Cover
Art: Fivestars
Overall: Fivestars

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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