Aftershock Comics 2021
Written by Aaron Douglas
Illustrated by Cliff Richards
Coloured by Guy Major
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
The Shawshank Redemption meets The Sixth Sense, inspired by an eerily bone-chilling true story. A newly-hired prison guard, a notorious mass murderer finally incarcerated for his crimes, and the death that binds them together. What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer?
This is the kind of story that wins the night when you are sitting around the campfire telling ghost stories. This is the epitome of that creepy halloween story that can just chill you to the bone after it’s spent all this time making you feel uneasy. What Aaron does with this story is completely and utterly brilliant. I know it’s supposed to be based off true events but I’ve never heard this tale so it’s brand spankin new to me. I am blown away with this story and how one man tells the tale to his nephew because he has to tell it before it eats him alive and the kid is the only one around to tell. Just the overall way that this is constructed and how it comes across to the reader makes this seem like such an amazing story, the content alone is phenomenal but the way it is structured and how it affects the reader is sensational.
I’m a huge fan of the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is exquisitely rendered. The character development that we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter is magnificently achieved. Seriously the personalities are at the forefront and it’s really nice that we get such a good feel for these characters. The pacing is excellent. I'd almost say perfectly done mic drop.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story begin to emerge, grow and evolve is masterfully done. I mean these layers open up avenues that you want to see explored and others that you know are there for a brief momentary reason and what they all do is add this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is impeccably rendered.
I love the interiors here, they are utterly bloody sensational! The linework is clean, crisp and strong and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality of detail in the work that we see is astonishingly well rendered. I adore the fact that we see backgrounds being utilised to be so prevalent throughout the book as they enhance and expand the moments perfectly. They also work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masterful eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a fabulous eye for how colour works. How colour can help create that perfect mood, tone and feel and chane how we see say brick or cement or even chanlinks is utterly mindbogglingly bloody brilliant to see.
This is the kind of story you read on Halloween to the kid you’re babysitting, your own child, niece or nephew and let them get scared to death. It might sound mean but it’s actually kind of brilliant. Speaking of how brilliant, that’s how this is being told, the writing is phenomenal and the characterisation is bloody clever and these interiors are mindbogglingly brilliantly rendered. This is that rare book that is worth more than your time. It's just one of the best things you are going to read point blank period.