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Horrorwood #1 (of 4)

Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
By: John Hays



Writer: Brandon Terrell
Artist: Brent Schoonover

Publisher: Ape Entertainment


In 1950s Hollywood, former actress Sophia St. Claire has taken a job as a mild mannered bartender. However, one evening, a mysterious visitor convinces her to pay a visit to the local carnival, where she finds much more than your average side show freaks.

This issue was fairly entertaining. I’m curious to know more about the back-story between Sophia’s father and the mysterious visitor. I’m also curious just to know more about Sophia’s father, since he’s obviously a very unique individual. I’m not sure how much having it set in the 1950s is going to play into the story, since, so far, the main plot seems rather timeless. Perhaps if it moves into venues other than the carnival, it might make a bigger difference. The secondary story had promise, but was too short. I would have preferred each story to have been the same length, since they’re both revolving around the same overarching plot.

The art was fun. It was simple and cartoony, and I could easily see this as an animated series. Depending on the turns this series makes, though, the art might be a bit misleading, especially if it starts getting grim and gritty. We’ll just have to see how it plays out.

Overall, I would recommend this title to those who long for more carnival-themed books, or just more books that focus on the supernatural. It will really take at least one or two more issues before I can really narrow it down to what genre this book is going for, since this first issue might end up being the only one that focuses on the carnival aspect. Hopefully, it will find its proper niche and do well.



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