How to explain Eldritch? I don’t know if I can. Maybe it’s Johnny the Homicidal Maniac bred with The Absent Minded Professor. Maybe it’s like a Tim Burton film before they all became a goth kid’s wet dream. It certainly is intriguing, that’s for sure. Any story that starts off with Charles Darwin in a diving bell and ends with mysterious black ooze seeping out of a baby’s room has to be worth reading.
This first issue sets up the comic perfectly, leaving you with a nagging cliffhanger, the type that you can feel clawing at your back and chewing at your brain. It all starts with a simple trick that gets out of control too fast and that leads to the dark secrets of a suburban neighborhood. Sadly that’s where the comic leaves you hanging, hence the gnawing suspicions of questions unanswered. You’ll be left with “What happens next?” and “What the hell just happened?” running through your head.
There are so many things to like about Eldritch. The main character Anya, for instance (who happens to remind me a lot of my best friend’s sister), or the gratuitous use of a meat cleaver, or the quasi H.P. Lovecraft feeling. It’s a huge pity Eldritch was handed the short end off the comic publishing stick too early. It was the winner of the Zuda contest right before the imprint went under and therefore was never given its due spotlight. But if there’s anything we can take away from this experience it’s you can’t keep a good comic down. Aaron Alexovich and Drew Rausch have launched Eldritch in digital format, making it available for download.
I really didn’t want to spoil too much of the story for you all, because you should be out downloading and reading the comic for yourselves. C’mon, black ooze coming out of severed limbs and some strange form of demonic possession should entice anyone, at least anyone who likes that sort of thing. Congratz to Aaron and Drew, who didn’t let the failure of Zuda keep them from doing what they wanted and were meant to do. This comic was too good for Zuda, anyway.
To check out Eldritch #1, you have at least legitimate eight downloading options that the creators have compiled for you.