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"Night Train" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by TKO Studios


Written by Steve Foxe
Illustrated by Lisandro Estherren
Colored by Patricio Delpeche
Lettered by Steve Wands
2020, 20 Pages


Every new parent reaches a breaking point. You're sleep-deprived and grouchy. The baby won't stop crying. It's the middle of the night. You just don't know what to do. Neal is the big brother in this scenario, watching as his parents get closer and closer to the edge. He's forced to help out, but he's only ten years old. He doesn't know what to do. When a strange train stops outside the family's city apartment, Neal may just have an that will come with a dire cost.

Night Train is very much like a train wreck, not in the sense that it's bad. That's the farthest thing from the truth. It's the fact that you know something horrible is happening and you're powerless to stop it. You are along for the ride, knowing that Neal and his family will never be the same again. Writer Steve Foxe lays out this alarming tale that hits close to home to any parent.

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The story is told from Neal's perspective, reflecting back on these events as an adult. Despite being a grownup at the time of the story's telling, we still see this as Neal did as a kid. There's a childlike wonder about it all, seeing the world through those naive eyes.

Lisandro Estherren's artwork amplifies this quality with some tangential shots. Neal isn't in the middle of the action. He's to the side. He sees things from a lower perspective, not as his mother and father do. When the shocking event takes place, we see Neal in the same spot in each of four panels, but the setting and the people around him change. He's seemingly unaffected by this at first, speaking to his innocence, despite the horrors he just witnessed.

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Colorist Patricio Delpeche creates a moody atmosphere for Night Train from the jump. Dark tones are used to create a foreboding mood. This changes when the train shows up with its eerie green glow. You can tell something is off about it from the moment you first see it, but you can't deny its allure, especially as it represents a way out. It's a chance at peace and quiet and a normal life once again.

The conductor speaks sparingly, but with a haunting voice. Letterer Steve Wands uses hazy word balloons for this creature's speech. It's a lilting tone that can send a shiver up your spine.

Night Train is like a horror version of The Polar Express. Instead of being whisked away to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus, this train makes a quiet offer at solace with sinister undertones. It presents a very real terror that will hit any parent right in the gut.

Night Train is available for purchase directly from TKO Studios.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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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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