Story by, Cullen Bunn
Art & Design by, Mark Torres
Letters by, Simon Bowland
The story begins, an older man feels chilly and checks the thermostat. He and his wife struggle with the loss of their boys take a haunted turn when they see the children’s ghost-forms in the backyard. Later, a man, Mr. Kerr, arrives at a wealthy man’s mansion. Mr. Warren asks Kerr to find his daughter, Alyssa, but he’s more interested in her daughter, Grace, whose disappearance is shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Kerr pursues leads to a remote island where he finds ghosts – and a chill in the air.
The story is well-paced, mixing both experiences in the present while referencing important things in the past for each character. The old couple is missing the boys who passed; Mr. Warren is searching for his family, and he has a prior relationship with Mr. Kerr. All increase the intrigue and interest for the reader. The entertainment value comes from the haunting nature of the ghosts, who are all children, and who are accompanied by a chill in the air. The story is barren, with minimal exposition, and cryptic references which will make the story interesting for some and insubstantial for others.
The art has a watercolor appearance, with characters appearing as shadowy figures, which helps to create mystery, intrigue while aging the story. There are clean lines within the blurred images, like tables and picture frames, which provide contrast and make the figures more interesting. The stark nature of the story, minimal details, and groggy pacing all enhance the felt mystery; however, the lack of details and absence of nuance left me wanting more in order to keep me interested. There is enough here for fans of the art team and the story is intriguing enough for me to recommend this book. Overall = 8/10