Comix Tribe 2017
Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Lettered by Shawn Lee
The boys are back with a new issue of Sink so if you’re ready to board the crazy train, or get in the van as the case may be you’d best be having your local shoppe ordering these for you! If you think we’ve seen enough bloodshed you’ve not seen anything yet either and it’s gonna go down in a way you will NEVER EVER see coming!
This is all kinds of fun because John being a Glasgow native is fully immersing us in the lore of the land. Oh and the way he writes it, the dialogue complete with local twang and slang, will have you trying to talk just like a natural born (killer) Scot. Also if you’ve heard John talk then you’ll understand that I am trying my hardest to emulate that while reading this and while i’m sure that wasn’t intended it does make it that much more fun for me. The look into the way life here is very nicely done and while it seems like you’d never want to set foot there in reality he’s making it so indeed we do.
This issue introduces us to a new character in Florence. She’s brought back to town because of an mate of hers has died and his kids have come seeking help. What’s Florence supposed to do? Well read the book and find out. Suffice it to say it’ll rock your world one way or another.
It seems like John is assembling a group to be in town. With the Cleaner from last issue and now Florence it feels like there are a group of folks who somehow or another are being drawn back into town. Is this some machiavellian plot in action or just a string of coincidences, hint I don’t believe in coincidence. And what role do the clowns in the van play in all this? I dunno but John’s weaving his way through this by delivering some seriously mental twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat and left wanting more.
Alex’s work on the interiors here is great to see. From the uniqueness of each character's face, see noses, to the emotion the give off are so well conceived. The way page layouts are utilised and how we see the angles and perspective showcase his eye for storytelling. Also the one page where Florence is retrospective yeah damn. We all know i’m big on backgrounds and Alex does a nice job here making sure they are there and a part of how the story is told.
This is an unconventional horror story. It’s blended from different influences in John’s life and you can see there’s a method the madness in what he’s doing and it makes that all the more delicious in the amount of anticipation that we get. The van with the clowns which opened the series makes a cameo here so we’re reminded they are around and it lends some credence to my theory that there is some force or reason why these characters are being introduced as they are.
This is highly intelligent storytelling that delves into horror in a physical and psychological way that you just don’t see. It’s literally something for everyone from gore to subtlety through minds games and mindless violence it’s woven through a story that we want to see brought together.