Eerie #1 Review
Writers: David Lapham, Bill Dubay, Christopher A. Taylor, and Bruce Jones
Artists: David Lapham, Bill Dubay, Rafa Garres, and Richard Corben
Reviewed by David Short
Eerie #1 is a neat little anthology. It collects a few small old timey horror stories that even look old school. In the first issue you get A Robot for Your Thoughts, Life Species, Beta-Eden, and Child. Like most early movies, there are quite a bit of twists and turns to their plots. While A Robot for your Thoughts was the only one that really stood out to me, it’s not to say there won’t be something for everybody here. I don’t want to go into specifics about plot, because they are so short and don’t want to give anything away. Figuring just how all the tales with twist and turn is half the fun.
I am not a big fan of black and white art. Child is the only one in color, but it’s not to say it is modern by any means. Though the art is not to my liking, I don’t think that it’s a bad thing. I can appreciate what they are trying to do with the book and it would compromise the integrity of the old school feel to have an extremely stylized look. By no means do we get revolutionary takes on the retro style, but there are some really great moments. They usually crop up in the gruesome twists, and can really make the read worthwhile.
This book is an interesting diversion from what we get with comics week in and week out. It even has its own host to introduce itself and bid you well. The tiny mix between Igor and a vampire is a neat addition and gives it sort of a Tales from the Crypt vibe. If you’re into this kind of thing, then you will fall in love with this book.
I don’t want to give a buy it or not answer for Eerie #1. Personally, I enjoyed certain things quite a bit, but the overall package is not quite to my liking. You may feel completely different toward it. If it sounds like something you will enjoy, then give it a shot. It has a lot promise if they can keep two or three quality stories an issue.