Aftershock Comics 2019
By Juan Doe
The popularity contest of life is exposed when the remaining guests realise they’re being hunted down in the order of their social media ranking. The more followers you have, the bigger the target on your back. Now, the killer dubbed “Hashtag” isn’t the only predator — in order to survive, your fellow guest may turn out to be just as dangerous.
Well, well, well it would seem that Juan's already taking this to the next level. The premise here is a modern horror lover's dream come true as it is and I can already see this making a huge hit in the box office. They may not be able to fully envision what Juan can through his artwork but what we are seeing here is so bloody brilliant that it screams out for your attention. The way that this is written with it's story & plot development and how the reader gets the release of information is too marvellous for words. The way we see the characters, the way they meet their fate and the idea that is made clear this very issue just keeps us on the edge of our seats. The character development is outstanding and I have to be honest the more the characters get fleshed out the harder their demise is going to hit. With the pacing and how it shows us the twists, turns and revelations manages to create a sensational ebb & flow to the book.
Oh the chef should never ever be one of the victims because they usually way too cool, relaxed and easy going. With Ignacio opening up this issue it is one of the most interesting ones I have had the pleasure of seeing. This is literally perfect in every way and I am sorry but we may be three issues in now but this opening beats Drew's opening in the original Scream. Jurek has already become a favourite of mine and while this is a Mature Readers title I wish we'd seen what he's packing because dude is huge and that Fookin right accent we all create in our minds yeah he's just awesome!
That brings me to the next point I would like to make. It is barely a quarter of the way in and already me as a reader is going off-script in so many various ways. This for me is always the sign that the writer has the right skills and talent when it comes to storytelling. The fact that Juan is doing the writing, art and lettering well that's just mad respect fro me. So they've discovered the first kill and the game is officially underway so this is when the character development kicks into overdrive and I have to admit it is not at all what I was expecting and I love that!
The more I see of Juan's work on the interiors the more I am beginning to really like it. That ugly ass thing sticking up from Blaise's head aside because that's just plain wrong and pretty darn stupid looking, though all types man-buns should be banned. The colours and art that open up the book are phenomenal and everywhere we look depending on the room or location the lighting dictates the mood and it's done beautifully. I wish there were more attention to detail, like we see in the trees or the outside of the chalet. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a nice solid eye for storytelling. I really appreciate how we see backgrounds being utilised here as they expand the moments and bring a great size and scope to the story.
If one thing can hold true it's that once they find the first dead body then everything will start moving faster and faster. So all this means is that there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and no way to call for help. Off The Grid wedding of the century? Maybe but only if there's anyone left alive to tell the tale about it. A gripping thriller in the vein of modern slasher films with a smartly written and interesting illustrated take but be prepared because nothing is what seems and you can't trust anyone!