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"The Plot #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Tim Daniel & Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Joshua Hixson
Colored by Jordan Boyd
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 30th, 2019

Review:

There's something unsettling lurking in the Blaine family home. Chase brought his niece and nephew here after their parents were mysteriously killed and the place has already tried to kill one of them. Reese, a face from Chase's past comes into the picture when she learns of his return to the area, adding another complication to the already volatile situation.

There is an unsettling quality to every page of The Plot. I'm sure you've watched a horror movie where you've shouted at the screen for the characters to get out of that house. That's what it feels like to read this comic. You know that something is deathly wrong with this place but these people are completely unaware. They're either oblivious to it or they're blinded by their grief from their recent loss. Either way, they're coming so close to their demise and they don't even realize it.

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Much of this disturbing tone comes in subtle jabs from artist Joshua Hixson. Sometimes there will be a single panel showing something at an odd angle or a quick sequence that will catch you offguard. Then it's off to the next scene before you really had a chance to grapple with the oddity you just witnessed. A great example of this comes when Zach is brushing his teeth. A mysterious figure appears behind him in the shadows. That would have been enough to freak you out, but then we see what he spits in the sink and it's definitely not toothpaste. A look of horror spreads across his face and he's quickly snapped out of it as Chase comes in to bring him to school.

This kind of stuff is the closest you'll get to a jump scare in comics. Unlike those overused tactics from movies, these stay with you, creating a lingering dread. You have no idea what might be lurking behind every page turn and that's a great feeling to have when reading a horror comic.

Zach is an interesting character because he only talks to his dog. He's a quiet kid that's definitely dealing with the trauma of losing both his parents at a young age. Letterer Jim Campbell uses these little scribbles to show the whispers the boy makes to his pet, reinforcing the idea that he's in his own little world. Campbell also brings out the inner rage from Chase with how some of his words are bolded, like he's always on the verge of screaming his head off.

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The Blaine family home is large and beautiful, but there's a decrepit quality to it. It's not just dirty. It's more like the soul of the house has been ripped out and it hasn't quite recovered. Colorist Jordan Boyd reinforces this feeling with a lot of grimy earth tones that permeate past just the structure. Since this is set in the 1970s, there's a faded look to some of the artwork, like we've uncovered this strange story after it was hidden away for years.

Just when you think The Plot can't get any creepier, it hits with a downright terrifying cliffhanger ending. Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel pull us deeper and deeper into this frightening mystery. I am dying to learn what's going on with this house and this family. Secrets are buried deep below the surface and they're starting to bubble up. The thing is, they're not just revealing the truth, they're also bringing untold horrors with them.

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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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