American Gothic Press 2015
Written by Paul Tobin
Illustrated by PJ Holden
Coloured by Diego Rodriguez
Well the newest voice in science fiction horror is making quite a splash at American Gothic Press. Paul is writing this story extremely well. Earth after Earth is under siege to these monstrous creatures who we now see evolving and becoming smarter. It’s no secret that most people hate bugs and having these creatures evolving into tiny bugs able to easier infiltrate their headquarters to learn their plans well it hits a base fear.
I have to say that these bio’s are nasty creatures and that they are getting smarter makes for reading this all the more fascinating. Seeing this flying roach like creature attacking a man with such force letting them all know that the game has changed was intense. It’s kind of creepy that something that small is that powerful it can take a man out of the game at any given time dwindling the number of their opponents during a massive attack.
Have the creatures discovered subtlety and subterfuge? If so they are adapting quite well to the worlds who are able to fight back more effectively. Sometimes when we get a lot of monstrous creatures they can lose their effect, they get less scary, but here with their constant evolution it keeps that fear factor high and the tension for what’s next palpable.
I must say that this world has so many pockets of resistence teams was nice to learn. Though one question from me is why haven’t they combined forces early on to take out their enemy one city at time or even strike a major blow? I guess we all need that regional stuff though, after all people do want to keep their homes safe above all else. The way Paul is telling this story will slower reveals at times where it’s perfectly placed goes a long way in fleshing this world out nicely.
That we can get some much needed humor to break up the tension the characters feel yeah that was placed as well. Kudos to Paul and PJ for the store scene though what tiny one he was holding and pink please the good ones are larger and black!
There’s only one issue left and I have this feeling that it ends with our doppelgangers story and not the end of the invasion. If this turns out to be right then there’s still the possibility that we can revisit the next fight in this universe as we’ll both humans and creatures continuing to evolve. In the meantime i’m anxious to see what is going to happen here and with the last page reveal wow it’s gonna get serious.
PJ has managed to create the monster/bug things using his imagination as a guideline but you forget he’s got the backgrounds or a ruined city, props that the characters use and these gunsuits many of which still look experimental. He manages to really create the world Paul envisioned in the story giving it this warmth yet disastrous feel. Sometimes you are hopeful the next you’re frightened. That he can weave almost every emotion into one book like he does showing hope and then death and make you feel it is remarkable work.
I like that such talent are doing books this creative and interesting for the little guy putting them on the radar and putting the industry on notice that those “big” companies need to step up cause creators can go elsewhere for great storytelling.