The horror world has been slowly fading since the rise and fall of the 1950 horror comics. In hopes to revive this nearly lost genre, four masters of horror team up to contribute: Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, William F. Nolan, and Joe McKinney. As if that isn’t promising enough, they feature the Bram Stoker award-winning story “The Box”.
“Evil Jester Presents…” is perhaps one of the best horror comics printed to date, rivaling “Tales from the Crypt”. Not only did they have a promising line-up of authors and artists, along with an undeniably compelling objective, but they executed it masterfully!
When you first open the comic, you find a fantastic introduction written by New York Time’s best selling author, Jonathan Maberry. His compelling writing style is perfectly expressed through this comeback introduction to Evil Jester Comics, proudly announcing that “Horror comics are back. And they’re getting the respect they deserve.” The readers couldn’t agree more.
Sure, the writers are good, and the stories they give fit the genre well. But how do they pull it together? Cue Taylor Grant and Aric Sundquist! This brilliant team worked separately and together to adapt the stories into comic book form. They piece together the perfect forum for artist and colorist, Beni Lobel, Esteve Polls, Esther Sanz, Salva Navarro, Ester Salguero, and Nacho Arranz to literally bring the comic to life!
Readers and fans of comics and horror alike will devour this book as a vampire devours blood: in a single gulp. This will inevitably spark a craving so hard to satisfy, that they’ll practically be begging for the next issue!
Like lighting on a cloudy night, the comic opens with “The Box”, sparking terror in the reader’s mind and illuminating your deepest fears. But this goes far beyond a story: the illustrations spring to life in your mind, and the box is suddenly before you… calling to you! The world around you vanishes and all that exists is darkness, you, and the comic you hold in your shaky hands.
After the adrenaline rush fades, but before your heart can resume a normal tempo, you begin “Swallowed”. A story and illustration combination that will leave you yearning to slither out of your skin! This powerful story will leave you covered in gooseflesh, your heart unable to slow, and your eyes wider than ever. The illustrations make the perfect accompaniment in order to sink deep into that “unforgettable” section of your conscious.
You can’t stop now: you’re only half way through! “Small World” opens with a heart-pounding, action packed beginning that will keep you awake for the rest of the night. Not only does this outstanding prose and illustration collaboration promise thrills and chills, but it will also make you think: as most good stories tend to do. This isn’t just a story: it’s a journey of a thousand thoughts deep in your subconscious that are clawing their way through your deepest inner emotions. Written in a way that you aren’t just reading it, you are living it! The characters come to life in a way unmatched by any other, and you’re along for the ride.
As if this thrill trip isn’t already an instant hit alongside a classic, the brilliant creators suck you in for one last story. This has to be the best and most ingenious way to end this comeback comic. Not only will “Like Part of the Family” quench your now bloodthirsty nature, but leave you thriving on high-octane energy, unable to say enough good things about what you just experienced, and yet trembling for more!
Jonathan Maberry is a literary genius; and it is as if this story was born to be adapted into comic-book form. The characters will live in your mind forever. They are the kind of characters that can never escape and are unforgettable. Maberry delicately balances jealously, human nature, greed, the most classic form of horror creatures, and gives an ending that couldn’t be better. His masterful ability to showcase this once near-dead genre is just what this comic needed to end with to leave you wondering what will they come up with next.
There is no denying that this comic will make a comeback like no other before. This is what the horror genre needs and this will go down in the horror legacy we leave to our children. Overall this comic is fully satisfying, flawless, and leaves you ready to sink your fangs into the next issue.
This is an instant classic and an undeniable hit! I know this is one I’ll save and pass down to my children and grandchildren. I’ll say, “This is the one that sparked it all. This is what brought back what you’re reading now.” And that statement will be 110% true.
From the bottom of my darkened heart, thank you everybody who made this comic possible! You’ve sucked me into your twisted web and I can’t wait for more!