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"Mountainhead #4" 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
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 11th, 2020


Things are going crazy in the town of Braeriach and Abraham is looking to get the hell out of there. Although he's only known them for a short amount of time, he wants to take his biological family with him. He'll need to move fast if he hopes to save everyone and stay one step ahead of the monsters heading his way.

Look, I read a lot of comics and as such I can often see where a story is going. That being said, I have never read something like Mountainhead. This book is insane in the best possible way. Every time I think I might know where it's going next, some new bizarre monster shows up to change everything. I cannot tell you how many times I yelled “What the fuck?!” while reading this issue.

Artist Ryan Lee has really outdone himself with Mountainhead #4. He reaches new levels of gore and pure terror with each turn of the page. He just keeps raising the bar as the issue goes on, unleashing more unholy abominations as we plunge deeper and deeper into this unsettling tale.

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The triangular shape of the mountain often plays a part in these sequences, creating an eerie symmetrical splattering of blood and guts. This serves as a constant reminder that the mountain is constantly looming over the townspeople, imposing its will upon them and turning them into these monsters.

Ryan Lee is great at establishing a creepy tone. This story will send shivers down your spine before the first drop of blood is shed, just by the strange looks of certain people or how they hold their gaze for a bit too long. A great example of this is when Abraham reaches his home and is frantically knocking on the door to get in. The “NOK” sounds spiral out of his hand and wraps around the other images on the page, conveying the incredibly tense scene as the monsters barrel down on him.

Letterer Shawn Lee adds to this intensity with some great dialogue work. Some words are bolded and occasionally in all caps to show just how heated these events are. This is coupled with the quieter moments where we get a deeper look at the characters and their personalities.

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These beings, who were once human, are now frightening creations of pure nightmare fuel. There's a good amount of body horror on display as flesh is torn to give way to these new forms. Colorist Doug Garbark uses a sickly palette for these, not quite blood red, but something more alien. If these were made from our insides, their very appearance gives us the feeling that we should not see this.

The only downside to Mountainhead #4 is that Abraham's adopted father feels like he has fallen along the wayside. He is a major factor in the beginning of the series, but is less of a threat now. We have one more chapter to go so we'll see how writer John Lees ties all this together in a bit. What is clear is that Mountainhead is unlike anything on the stands today. It's pure terror, like Twin Peaks through the lens of Junji Ito.


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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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