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"The Plot #5" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics


Written by Tim Daniel & Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Joshua Hixson
Colored by Kurt Michael Russell
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 1st, 2020


The history of the Blaine ancestral home in Cape Augusta goes back quite a ways and it's full of bloodshed. Chase has discovered a journal giving him a peek at the past. Is this where it all started? Just how cursed is this place?

The Plot #5 takes us back to 1674 as a fledgling village in Maine is struggling to survive a harsh winter. I'm not usually too keen on flashbacks like this, especially those that take up an entire issue. They tend to strip away any momentum a series has built up. That's not the case here. Writers Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci put this in at just the right time, appearing after the first collection as a way to provide us with more background before delving into the second arc.

The story is one of desperation, as we not only watch the village try to figure out why their crops aren't growing, but how one man is lured into the darkness to come face-to-face with the monster lurking within. This calls to him in a haunting fashion. Artist Joshua Hixson weaves the strange sounds across the page, like an alarming lullaby. It pulls on him as he feels compelled to follow it.

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Hixson has really upped his game with this issue. He pulls out for the wider establishing shots, giving you an idea of what is at stake before coming in close and showing deep personal moments that drive home the emotional toll this it taking.

Colorist Kurt Michael Russell creates a disturbing palette for the nighttime scenes, full of eerie blues, purples, and oranges. This speaks to the unnatural aspect of what's waiting in the woods. It has the look and feel of classic movie posters, yet far more terrifying.

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When we finally see what's waiting for this guy out in the woods, it's a sight to behold. Hixson and Russell deliver some great visuals, aided by an ominous and monstrous voice from letterer Jim Campbell. It's clear this is a force to be reckoned with. It's ancient, powerful, and absolutely horrifying. This speaks to the terrors that The Plot can reach, starting out subtle and building towards a frightening climax you can't look away from.

The Plot returns with a powerhouse of a comic. It pulls back to give us some perspective as to how deep this goes, while tying it back to the present with Chase's current discovery. The terror is reaching a new generation and by the looks of things, we're just getting started. It's issues like this that make me wish this book runs forever.


Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
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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