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"Mountainhead #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by IDW Publishing


Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Ryan Lee
Colored by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Shawn Lee
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 28th, 2019


Abraham's relationship with his father Noah is a little strained. The guy thinks the government is out to get them and refuses to stay in the same place for longer than a few days. That's just one of the ways they get you. The father and son team make their way around the country, robbing houses and staying one step ahead of law enforcement. This is just part of Noah's paranoia and he's obviously crazy...right?

That uncertain feeling is one of the driving forces of Mountainhead and it extends to almost every aspect of the comic. I absolutely love this. The idea of not being able to trust your own mind scares the crap out of me. That's on full display here and it's exemplified by artist Ryan Lee. He weaves in that uneasy tone, like seeing something move out of the corner of your eye.

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This is amplified by Doug Garbark's colors, giving life to the piercing red eyes that cut through the darkness. We don't know what these things are yet – or if they're even real – but they're terrifying in nature. Reds fill the page when danger is present, abruptly shifting the tone of Mountainhead and putting you on edge.

This questioning of what's real extends into the letters as well. There's a great scene where Abraham is listening to someone speak as these monstrous entities loom around him. The dialogue gets just a little blurry, like he's having trouble concentrating. Letterer Shawn Lee does a great job adding to the overall unsettling quality of Mountainhead.

It also helps that Lee's artwork is brilliant. Although we only pick up with Abraham and Noah well into their journey, you completely understand the long ride they've had so far. Their clothes are battered and lived in, like they've been wearing the same outfits for months. They've rarely seen a washing machine.

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While writer John Lees (yes, there are three people working on this book with the last name Lee or some variation thereof) fills us in on Noah's crazed nature in some telling dialogue, it's what is left unsaid that speaks volumes. This thieving quest is wearing on Abraham. He loves his father, but he yearns for a normal life, even though he's never really known one. There's a fantastic scene where he's scoping out a kid's room for loot and sees pictures showing children having fun that just breaks your heart.

There's a lot to take in during the first half of Mountainhead #1, then the series takes a sudden twist that changes everything. This really elevates the overall story and pulls you in even deeper. It also creates a fascinating character study with Abraham as his world is turned upside down. What is abundantly clear is how rock solid this debut is. The creative team is firing on all cylinders, delivering a pitch-perfect comic. It's shrouded in mystery and intrigue and I can't wait to see what happens next.


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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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