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"The Macabre Motel" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written by Frank Martin
Illustrated by Alper Gecgel
Colored by Sercan Sarikaya
2020, 26 Pages


You look tired. It's been a long trip. Maybe you should pull over and take a break. Hey, there's a motel right up there. Why not grab a room for the night? Many of us have had this feeling and have passed through travels unchanged. That is not the case for Steve. A routine stay at a roadside motel turns into something far more unsettling.

The Macabre Motel plays with our fear of the unknown. Being in a place where you don't know your surroundings or the people around you can put you on edge. That's exactly the tone the comic strikes from early on. Steve meets some locals that are so very strange. You have to wonder what kind of people hang out in a weird motel of all places.

Artist Alper Gecgel plays with this unsettling tone, embracing it from the jump so you're constantly on your toes. Steve serves as our proxy thankfully, exploring this bizarre world so we don't have to. His shock and unease with each new encounter is shown on his face as his mind struggles to comprehend what he's seeing.

What makes this even more eerie is how the rest of the characters handle this stuff. This is just a normal everyday experience in a place that is anything but normal. There's a creepy look of complacency on some of their faces, like they're reveling in this insanity.

The entire story takes place at night. Colorist Sercan Sarikaya casts some unsettling shadows across Steve's journey. Where the shadows stop, the harsh lighting of the motel begins, mixed with the unnatural aspects of this place.

We don't get all of the answers in The Macabre Motel, but we don't need them. This has some definite Twilight Zone vibes, where much is left open to interpretation, but writer Frank Martin provides enough for you to dig into. This is a comic that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. After seeing what this guy went through, I have to wonder what the Yelp rating is on this place.

The creators of The Macabre Motel are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its release. 


Story: fourstars Cover

Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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