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"The Realm #12" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Seth M. Peck
Illustrated by Jeremy Haun
Colored by Nick Filardi
Lettered by Thomas Mauer
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 27th, 2019

Review:

After narrowly escaping various monsters, Will and the gang find refuge with some familiar faces at a farm. Could this be a place where they can truly rest and let their guard down? Of course not. Nothing is that safe in a world where creatures like orcs and gremlins are stalking the countryside.

There's an eerie feeling about this farm from the moment the main characters roll up on it. Things are a little too good to be true and the doubts continue to rise with the more time they spend there. There are some things that, under normal circumstances, wouldn't create much suspicion, but with everything these folks have been through, they immediately raise some red flags. This creates a chilling look on even the most friendly encounters.

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Writer Seth M. Peck is juggling a few elements in The Realm and this part of the story is just one of them. There's a creepy zombie of sorts shuffling through the fields. He appears in a startling red that colorist Nick Filardi brings out in the most unsettling fashion. When a few birds descend on this guy, they become infected too, spreading this mysterious disease into the air. It reminds me a bit of 28 Days Later, but way redder.

Artist Jeremy Haun seamlessly brings the fantasy elements into our world in a way that makes it feel like they've always been there. They're worn in to the point where you might not think twice if you saw one of these monsters walking down the street.

This also comes through in Thomas Mauer's letters. The word balloons aren't perfect ovals. They're a bit more rough around the edges. They're not perfect, just like the characters and world aren’t. Even the panel borders aren't straight lines.

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Where Haun really excels is in his pacing. There are several sequences presented without dialogue or narration that convey every single movement and emotional element. This adds to the tension of the book, akin to a long, single shot in a feature film.

The Realm is like a dark fantasy version of The Walking Dead. It replaces zombies with orcs, harpies, and other deadly creatures and it's just as terrifying. As with The Walking Dead, humanity is often the real monster.

Grades:

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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

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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