Zenescope Entertainment 2021
Written by Hans Rodionoff & Adam F. Goldberg
Illustrated by Eduardo Garcia
Coloured by Robby Bevard
Lettered by Carlos M. Mangual
Let's not mince words. Todd's a loser. He has no job, no prospects, and almost no drive. With his wife ready to take the children and go, Todd buys the family their dream home. Todd takes a chance on a house that needs much more upkeep than a few coats of paint and new carpet. And little does Todd know, in the attic resides a terrifying and deadly spirit who does not do well with cohabitation. But while this frightening specter may have murderous tendencies, she might just be what Todd needs to turn his life around.
An unscrupulous realtor, such a far fetched idea (yes sarcasm), sells a man a home that hasn’t been sellable except to outsiders sounds like the opening to a had horror film. It’s also the opening to this book and you know right away that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, no Rose it’s not their cheese either. I have to admit that I really like this issue and if the other two are going to follow in this ones footsteps then we’re going to be having a raucous good time.
I like 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 presented exceptionally well. The character development that we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter that work to portray them as folks we recognise, relate to or empathise with. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story the more engaged we become.
I like the way that see this being structured and how the layers within the story emerge, grow and evolve. With a sightly larger than average issue it’s nice to see how much we see within the layers and how much depth, dimension and complexity that they manage to bring to the story. How we se everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is achieved exceptionally well.
We get some really solid comic book style artwork in the interiors here. The linework is strong, clean and crisp and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create the detail work is extremely well rendered. The use of backgrounds throughout is fantastic and considering the age of the house it’s a great way to enhance the moments. With how they 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 is marvellous. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a very talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is exceedingly well rendered. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows a great understanding of how colour works.
If I were Todd and living in this house I’d be trying to strike a deal with the ghost living up i the attic. I mean with everything we learn here it would be so easy to man up and start living and working with his housemate in ways that would and could be extremely horrific to see. The realisation of his situation is one that a man who had self-confidence and knew how to act and behave is something that could really change the direction of what we see. Then again not everyone is as twisted as I am and thinks the way that I do. What I’ve just said should be reason enough to read this because i’m so involved, invested and engaged in the story already that I’m thinking of ways to turn his life around.
This is so smartly written with incredible characterisation and some super solid interior artwork that really takes the reader by surprise in how quickly you become a part of the story.