COMIC REVIEW: And Then Emily Was Gone #1

Comix Tribe have unveiled their first monthly title And Then Emily Was Gone, a really twisted gem of a horror comic. There has been a bit of an ongoing buzz about this book due to the black and white print run selling out across the UK convention circuit and now we get to experience the horror in full colour.

And Then Emily Was Gone tells the story of Greg Hellinger, a former police Detective who is cursed with a dark gift; the ability to see monsters. Terrifying and vile abominations plague his every waking moment, forcing him to retire from his job. He now lives alone in a rundown flat, drinking himself into oblivion just to get a quiet night’s sleep.

Into his life comes a young girl named Fiona, whose friend, the Emily of the title, has gone missing and it all might have something to do with an old Scottish folk tale in the dark heart of the Orkney Islands.

Greg reluctantly agrees to use his gift to find out what has happened to Emily, while sinister forces elsewhere are gathering and may just begin wrecking more havoc.

And Then Emily Was Gone is not a comic for everyone; in fact if you like your comic art pretty and fluffy then this is certainly not for you. The best word I can sum up to describe this first issue is grotesque. It seems to be the life blood that runs through not only the story but the art.

John Lee’s script is intriguing and very well paced. He has three separate storylines running alongside one another and they never feel clumsily put together. There is enough mystery in all three of the separate plot thread to keep you reading and it will be fascinating to see how they all converge together at the end of the five issue run.

The other star of this book is the art of Ian Laurie, whose unique style really suits the content of the story. The world of And Then Emily Was Gone is broken and decaying. It is like a nightmare put to paper and I can imagine it will get more surreal and horrifying with each new issue.

It has to be said that due to the unique style of the book, the art will not be pleasing on the eye to everyone but And Then Emily Was Gone is composed of a completely different and original vision that I’m certain its audience will continue to grow.

Rating: 4/5

GS Blogger: Matt Davis  @DecadentGent

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