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"Tomb of the White Horse" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Ian Mondrick
Illustrated by Benjamin AE Filby
Colored by Lesley Atlansky
Lettered by Zakk Saam

Review:

What's in the box?! What's in the box?! We all know the line from the end of Se7en and it's applicable to so many situations involving boxes. That's the key to the mystery of Tomb of the White Horse. A strange package is delivered to a remote distribution center just as a blizzard blocks out the rest of the world. This would be normal under other circumstances, but there's something about this box that's calling to the workers. They have to find out what's inside...even if it's the last thing they do.

Tomb of the White Horse is a creeping horror story. It starts out innocent enough as this group of guys starts joking about this package like normal. Over time, writer Ian Mondrick provides glimpses into something unnatural. Whenever anyone touches the thing, they get these horrifying visions in their mind.

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Artist Benjamin AE Filby does a great job with these flashes. They hit like a Mack truck, taking over the page and practically suffocating you. Imagine getting bombarded with your deepest fears all at once. That's what these images feel like.

They take on a completely different tone from the rest of the book too. Colorist Lesley Atlansky shifts to a more faded palette for these shots with certain colors popping in highlights. Otherwise, the distribution center appears dark and cold. It's bland and this box represents the one new exciting thing it's seen in ages.

This also plays into the creeping aspect of Tomb of the White Horse, as the colors change before you even know it, coinciding with the sudden rise in tension. By the time you notice this, it's too late to turn back. These characters are spiraling down and bright red lights surround them.

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There's a voice that coincides with these visions and whatever is in this box. Letterer Zakk Saam provides a traditional monstrous sound for it with black word balloons and white font that works well here. The balloons are more jagged than smooth, conveying an ancient, almost guttural growl.

Tomb of the White Horse is an effective horror comic set in one location that feels much larger than it is. It has the makings of an epic, yet it doesn't leave this distribution center. The scope of the story takes shape by the end and it's absolutely chilling. This is the kind of book that can shake to your core, yet leave you begging for the next chapter.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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