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"Some Strange Disturbances" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Headless Shakespeare Press

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Written by Craig Hurd-McKenney
Illustrated by Gervasio & Carlos Aon
2019, 67 Pages, $7.99
Comic released on May 8th, 2019

Review:

An unlikely trio comes together to fight personal and supernatural demons in Victorian London in Some Strange Disturbances. With threats pursuing them from every angle, it's tough to see which one is the most dire. Is it the literal monsters lurking in the shadows? Or the horrors of racism and homophobia?

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Some Strange Disturbances throws a lot of ideas around in a pretty short amount of time. While all of them have some potential, none of them really reach the heights of what they could be. By spreading out like this, it's difficult to grab onto the overall story. For example, we get the minimum of character development for the three central players, so we're not super invested in their lives or what they come across. Additionally, the supernatural threat isn't defined well, so it's left to be a rather vague menace, like a monster under your bed.

The comic is presented in black-and-white, which adds an eerie quality to the reading experience. Artists Gervasio and Carlos Aon make the shadows loom in a threatening fashion. The one downside to this is that it can be tough to differentiate between some of the characters. This adds to the problem mentioned above about investments in their lives.

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Some Strange Disturbances introduces us to a strange and frightening world where horrors both real and phantasmagorical exist. It could be a little clearer in terms of flow and character development. As this series is planned to continue, I'm curious as to where it could go now that the foundation has been laid.

Some Strange Disturbances is currently available digitally on ComiXology.

Grades:

Story: Twoandahalfstars Cover
Art: threestars
Overall: 2.5 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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