CREEPY is back! Well, actually, thanks to Dark Horse Comics, it’s been back for almost a year and a half – but issue #16 is something special. This anthology style fright fest, a revamp of the classic Warren Comics of old, features characters that terror outcasts can truly relate to. Ultimately, this makes this issue as a whole, a tribute to what draws sensitive souls and rambunctious adventurers, alike, to the horror genre.
Reflecting ingredients from such Asian fright flicks as The Ring and One Missed Call, Ted Naifeh’s Do Not Click illustrates what happens when a kind and concerned educator is forced to defend herself against an unreasonable opponent.
As someone who hasn’t been on a date since the break-up of My Chemical Romance (or was it The Beatles??), Like Clockwork (scripted by the perfectly macabre Rachel Deering with slyly sadistic artwork by Vanesa Del Rey) hit a cord with me. Of course, timid Evan’s bloody solution is something that I will, personally, try to avoid – at least for the very near future!
The third story concerns a shy orphan boy whose actions, upon the loss of a beloved pet, changes the fate of an entire town in a sweetly sinister adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Cats of Ulthar.
Mike Royer’s sexy 60s style artwork highlights the final feature, Bill Warren’s I Hate You! I Hate You! Here, a revengeful young man named Dale soon discovers that time travel is nothing to mess with. Warren’s sense of cruel despair is almost palatable here.
As a cool bonus feature, the final pages also include a sassy interview with the talented Deering who has recently complied a gorgeously mammoth collection of new fright pieces entitled In The Dark.
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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!