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"Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Humanoids


Written by Helen Mullane
Illustrated by Dom Reardon
Lettered by Rob Jones
2020, 128 Pages
Graphic novel released on March 10th, 2020


Nissy and her family are vacationing in the countryside for the summer, away from the hustle and bustle of the city... not to mention civilization at large. They're in a super small town, but it's not without its oddities. A series of increasingly brutal murders begins and Nissy's new friend, Reggie may be connected to them. Nissy appears to be at the center of a strange kind of power that's long been brewing in this area, waiting for someone just like her to come and wake it up.

On the surface, Nissy is your average teenager. She looks and acts the way someone would if your mother whisked you away from your friends for the summer to a boring, quaint little village out in the boonies. She's rebellious and angry, which leads to most of the troubles that unfold. This can be infuriating at times, but then I remembered that she's a teenager and just went with it.

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You can tell from the beginning that there's something super creepy going on in Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen. Artist Dom Reardon has a way of luring us into a false sense of security before hitting us with some shocking imagery. This works well with the overall odd nature of the town and this locale. A shop clerk's gaze will linger just a bit too long or some geese will fly by in a threatening manner, creating an uneasy tone all around.

Reardon puts you on edge while you're reading this book, like you're waiting for the other shoe to drop. That's what makes the gory moments so jarring. You had an idea that something was coming sooner or later, but there is nothing you can do to prepare for the onslaught of terror that hits you. Reardon plays with the panel layout, creating an erratic flow for some of the more tension-filled scenes that really puts you on edge while reading.

Nissy develops an obsession of sorts with Reggie, an older man who teaches at the nearby university. Remember what I said about her being a teenager? Well, that certainly plays into this aspect. This can be a little strange or uncomfortable at times due to her age, however writer Helen Mullane makes an empowering message for the character by the end of the book, transforming her from an unsure girl to a strong woman.

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There's a good amount of folklore at work in Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen. Letterer Rob Jones distinguishes the older text with a... well... older looking text. The font looks like it's taken right from an ancient tome. The only downside to some of this is that the plot loses some momentum when it takes a break to delve into these stories.

Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen presents a modern spin on some fascinating folk horror. It's interesting to see how stories like this can still unfold in an age of cellphones and other technology. There's always a place for unsettling stories like this one.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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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