Written by John Lees
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Coloured by Alex & Ashley Cormack
Lettered by Shawn Lee
SINK Volume 2 begins here! The critically-acclaimed crime horror cult sensation returns for its most biggest, most audacious, violent chapter yet! Charlotte, wakes up in the back of a blue van, surrounded by murderous clowns.... And the night only gets worse from there! But in her fight to survive, Charlotte will discover just how resourceful--and dangerous--she can be….
First of all this may be one of the shortest reviews I'll ever do so be prepared for that, we’ll see though right. You never know how much you’ve missed something till it’s gone right well that is not entirely true, for me it’s I never knew how much I missed something until it returns. Not only did this return but it came back stronger than ever. It is no exaggeration to say that this literally blew me away. There is something about this that you FEEL in your bones when you read it. That you can feel the emotions like fear, determination and almost damnation coming off the pages is something you will never forget.
John has this wonderfully sick and twisted mind which we have seen since issue one. That introduction was superb and it set the tone for the entire series and he did that so very well. I think that was one of the strongest openings ever in comics. So it’s the start of season two here and how do you start this one off to resonate with the first one? I was not prepared for this not in any way shape or form and I gotta tell ya I have chills running down my spine and goosebumps on my arms. A lot of folks think they can do modern horror and they try valiantly but they can’t reach the level that we all want them too. I mean there are a few, Steve Niles and Joe Hill, or Maberry and in all honesty I think John is well on his way in joining their ranks.
One thing that tends to scare the hell out of people isn’t seeing what’s on the page it’s what the readers mind imagines. Nothing scares you more than your own thoughts and this issue melds the best of all worlds in that aspect. I mean what we see sets the stage but the narration is all in the readers mind and holy fucking shit.
So let’s let that lead into the interior artwork here. I am not sure what happened here but I feel like Alex took one of the pills from Limitless because I have never seen him hit this hard. The work is outrageously good and I cannot get over how strong the linework is and how it brings every single emotion to the forefront of you mind and body. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off this absolutely stunning eye for storytelling. The way we see backgrounds being utilised is brilliantly done. The way we see rain here or how Charlotte tries to put herself together, the way we see this is out of this world good. Plus he and his wife doing the colour work here so that every little thing we see is purposeful and intended is great. I love Alex’s work and I have for a long time now but this is the most bloody brilliant work I have ever seen him do which I have to say it’s not just his work but a lot of work in the business should be this good.
Guess this isn't’ the short review I thought it would be. This is literally the stuff that nightmares are made of so enter at your own risk, trust me you’ll want to enter regardless of the risk!