Zenescope Entertainment 2018
Written by Victoria Rau
Illustrated by Marcelo Basile
Lettered by Charles Pritchett
A mother seeking solace with her three children after a recent tragedy signs up for a group hiking and camping tour. But navigating the difficult terrain is the least of the hikers’ worries as the group soon finds they’re being stalked by unseen predators.
While this is very much the Hills Have Eyes in it’s nature I have to say the idea of some sort of lost tribe who over years of inbreeding have become veritable monsters by their very solitude existence. With only a guide who has remained free in order to bring them unsuspecting victims to eat and probably mate with. So with Pam bringing the kids out here and with all of them being from a military family have enough firepower and training to make things difficult. Now it’s a free for all and it’ll be anyone’s guess who the last one standing is.
Meanwhile John has been studying indigenous people and their religious practices in this region what this is isn’t what is he’s expecting. Though to be honest I doubt anyone could have expected this or have been prepared though an armoury in the car is pretty darn close. I like the story is being told and how this book is structured. Right from the beginning we see the opening and it is eye catching and attention grabbing exactly what it should be to entice readers to want to continue.
Last issue Pam went to car and now we see the result of that as the newly armed family is ready to take on the natives and try to get everyone out of this safely. There always has to be that one guy though who is such a prig that he can’t be trusted, male chauvinist and just an all around you know what. It is bad enough when you know your facing a horde of whatever they are but to be that guy too well ya know though I have to admit he reminds me of Harry Potters Muggle Uncle. That is some mighty fine characterisation if I say so myself and I didn’t even write it.
There is only one more person I don’t see getting out of this alive and it’s not for lack of trying but then again in many ways I would say he’s a chip off the old block if you will. Then again who knows because the way that Victoria is writing this I would have thought that Emmy was a goner or as good as all things considered. Also the fact that these things are relentless in their pursuit doesn’t really seem to bode well either. I love the way that the excitement and the tension is translated to the reader because it really an edge of your seat kind of tale.
I am really impressed with the quality of the interior artwork here. The way that the varying weights of the linework are manipulated through the attention to detail really creates a magnificent effect. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a great eye for storytelling. Also the attention to the characters both human and subspecies, at this point that’s what I am calling them, as well as how we see rocks and such.
I am extremely impressed with the way that everything about this has been coalescing. The ebb & flow of this has been really strong as unforgiving as the harsh landscape it’s all set in. This takes the modern horror slasher style and elevates to something worth paying attention to.