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"Psycho List #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Blackbox Comics

Psycho List 2 Large

Written by Kevin Grevioux
Illustrated by Jonathan Lau
Colored by Adriano Augusto
Lettered by Dezi Sienty
2019, 24 Pages
Comic released on September 25th, 2019

Review:

Donovan delves deeper into this mysterious FBI case, but is he prepared for what he might uncover? He has a tendency to get wrapped up in his patients' lives and that's a bad thing when he's dealing with people that have seen so much bloodshed.

The real standout in Psycho List #2 comes when Donovan mind-melds with his patient. He's able to walk through their memories this way and what he sees shakes him to his core. It also causes us to question what's real and what's not. We all remember things in our own unique way. Trauma can obscure or change memories. So what does it mean when Donovan sees literal monsters in this man's thoughts?

Artist Jonathan Lau brings these creatures to life in such a terrifying manner. It's one thing to see a demonic creature, but it's quite another to see one with a jaw that opens up like a snake's, only this one has rows of jagged teeth. You immediately understand that this is a dangerous situation and not just because of beings like that. This act is unnatural, yet it leads to more clues, even if they're covered in blood.

Colorist Adriano Augusto reinforces that mood with some looming shadows and dark tones. There are times the characters are completely in darkness, appearing as nothing but silhouettes. This focuses our eye on the traumatic scenes unfolding in front of them, which get more unsettling as the issue progresses.

That ominous vibe is amplified by letterer Dezi Sienty's choice for Donovan's internal narration. It's presented in black boxes with shaky borders, as if they're coming from a dark place. It just so happens that these pop up when he does his mind-meld, so there's a good correlation there.

There's a nice flow to the art, however there are many layouts that are used over and over again. It's one thing to repurpose a grid, but it's another to do it repeatedly in a short amount of time. You don't notice it the first time it happens. It's after the second or third time that it starts to wear on you. I've never really thought how something like this could affect the reading experience. It did take me out of it a bit more since that consistency got boring.

Psycho List has a lot of potential. We're still getting to know Donovan, so we're not quite invested in his life or his actions just yet. He's on the cusp of something truly frightening, so it will be interesting to see how he handles all the monsters he's unearthing.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Psycho List 2 Small
Art: Threestars
Overall: Threestars

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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