As I mentioned in the last comic book review I did, I have recently gotten back into collecting; and, as a result, I am constantly on the lookout for new titles. CRAWLING SKY is a new title that jumped out at me with an original and interesting plot. The fine folks at Antarctic Press were kind enough to send me the first issue of this series, and I’m happy to report that it exceeded my expectations.
If you are not familiar with CRAWLING SKY, here is the synopsis courtesy of Antarctic Press:
Horror novel legends Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale team up with Brian Denham (X-Files, Zombie Kid Diaries) and Antarctic Press to bring you a tale o’ terror set in the wild, weird West! When their dad accidentally commits murder, plug-ugly Norville and his sister Sissy have to flee with him to Texas to start a new life. Near the town of Wood Tick, they find a homestead, good as new, but abandoned. The only problem is the well, which is blocked by big, white stones. One by one, they unblock the well, unaware they’re slowly setting free something old and dark and evil.
This is an exciting new series and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I decided early into the first issue that I was going to be a longtime reader of this title, and now I’m looking forward to seeing more.
The artwork in CRAWLING SKY is tight, and I find the fact that the comic is black & white interesting. For some reason, the lack of color almost lends more intensity to the action as it plays out in each panel. The characterization is a bit limited in this first issue, but it obviously takes more than one edition to flesh out a character.
The enigmatic main character is reason enough alone to read this series. It is difficult to ascertain his true intent after one issue, but I am eager to see his true motives. I also like the town near which the plot takes place; Wood Tick is one of those hole-in-the-wall places on which Westerns seem to thrive.
CRAWLING SKY is a definite win for me and I highly recommend it. The series is already on shelves, so snatch it up soon.