Devil’s Due Comics 2018
Created & Written by Pat Shand
Created & Illustrated by Olivia Pelaez
Coloured by Fran Gamboa
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Previously in Little Girl
Now that her murder spree has begun, nothing will quell the fires of Abby May’s vengeance. As t5his tortu3ed spirit continu7es to lash out at whoever inherits a mysterious penguin toy, she finds herself pulled away fro her bouts of violence...toward a small, quiet home in Indiana.
So the opening for this issue is great and it has all kinds of that classic horror feel to it. The dog barking forcing the husband to get out of bed to see what’s up and finding wet footprints in the rug. Yeah this is what horror is when you can’t see it but somehow know it’s there. Lets not forget the dog either because we all know that animals see spirits and sense danger that we cannot so having Buzz in the house well that’s going to drive people nuts as he continues to see the presence of Abby May and I love it!
So how did she get into that house with that family? One of the best two page spreads that I have seen in some time that’s how. The pacing and the way the story goes is really well done and I love that in these two pages we get to see so much happen and it nothing feels rushed or left or any of that it has the right feel to it. There’s a scene later on that I wish had done this tactic as well because it really would have benefited from it, the days of the week are used so you’ll understand why I say that when you get to that part.
So we see how it ends up where it does but there is a stop first and I have to say I wish we’d gotten a little more about Reverend Samuel. The potential was there really delve into his already broken psyche as he’s terrorised by Abby May. Still he’s not a star of the book he’s just a device that shows us more about the Little Girl and what she’s about so what we get is pretty natural. You don’t want to spend time developing someone who isn’t gonna be around for the long haul, or do you? Regardless of your personal wishes it does advance the story and brings us a better understanding of Abby May and it’s kind of terrifying when you sit and think about it because of how she’s already behaved versus this issue.
I like the interior artwork here. There are definitely moments that impress like the aforementioned two page spread that showcase Olivia and Fran’s work. I wish the dark parts were darker, the overall tone and feel doesn’t evoke the horror as much as I'd like but then that’s me. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a very good eye for storytelling. Backgrounds are utilised nicely and the visuals do have a nice way of keeping the flow of the story moving.
This is a great little story it has suspense and mystery and there’s the whole haunting aspect to contend with all of which is told extremely well. The object that Abby May has attached herself to being a conduit holding all her energies because of the trauma she’s suffered is another smart aspect of this and one that is seemingly harmless. I love Pat’s storytelling I find that with each project he manages to unlock a new aspect of what he’s capable of and seeing that is exciting. With some excellent pacing and a strong premise this is one you should be sleeping on.