Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In a previous edition of “Graphic Tales from the Road” I reviewed the first two issues of the trilogy. Admittedly, I am still not an avid comic reader. However, after enjoying the first two issues because of their Tales from the Crypt style, I was curious to see how it would end. Supernatural did not disappoint. I enjoyed every juicy bite as I devoured this chilling conclusion!
Written by Robert M. Heske, each story line continues to lead us farther down the dark, gory paths, through “tales of suburban murder and malice,” to the very twisted end. The culmination of final reunions seems quite a fitting theme that flows between the covers. The wonderfully worrisome front cover art was created by the evocative Jay Fife. The inside cover art was done by Mark Chilcott.
The first strip, “Shadow,” was illustrated and lettered by Adam Swiecki. The cold, clean, heavily inked images perfectly balance the dirty secret hidden in the story. The tale makes reference to the fact that cats are instinctual, humans are cruel. Indeed, humans are cruel and that shadowy cruelty was well depicted. So well, in fact, that it made me angry for justice! But, as it was so eloquently stated, Justice ain’t always what you expect it to be. True to form, in the end, it wasn’t the type of justice you expect.
The next tale, “Transcendence,” with art and lettering by Reno Maniquis, beautifully portrays a lonely evening on the job as a night watchman at the aquarium. Such a peaceful place for a peaceful family reunion. Just try explaining it to the boss!
“Synchronicity,” illustrated by Dirk Shearer, and lettered by David Paul, amazingly paints the elaborate and detailed final story in this thrilling trilogy. This tale hit me hard on several synchronistic levels: street lights going out as you walk past, the familiar and repetitious sequence of numbers that have a hidden meaning , awareness of the Others. Everything comes full circle. “Synchronicity” is a superbly crafted story.
The ending gives me a glimmer of hope that perhaps, just maybe, Cold Blooded Chillers series will birth a fourth edition and continue on, producing amazingly wonderful and incredibly creepy comics!
As with the first two issues, the art work and story lines in Supernatual flowed flawlessly together and kept me riveted from start to finish. But heed my warning, don’t leave these comics laying around the house unless everyone is over 17. These publications are by their nature and theme adult comics. These are not intended for young readers, or those that are faint of heart.
Robert Heske did an excellent job of putting another talented team together. The images are hard to forget…especially when it’s dark and you are trying to get to sleep!
Screenwriter Robert M. Heske has multiple short and feature options, IMDB credits, and a co-creation agreement with Studio 407 to turn his horror script THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST into a 4-part comic book series and graphic novel. He also has his own comic book entity — Heske Horror. It is through Heske Horror that Robert has an outlet for several of his dark, short film scripts that had previously been collecting dust. After gaining a deep appreciation of the comic book art form, Robert realized it was easier and cheaper to retool the film scripts into comics. This change of format from film to comics paid off with great reviews for COLD BLOODED CHILLERS on several sites including USA Today Online and Reuters!
All three issues of “Cold Blooded Chillers: Tales of Suburban Murder and Malice” kept me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page and keeping on all the lights. These collectible issues are sure to thrill you and can be purchased at coldbloodedchillers.com!
Cold Blooded Chillers issues 1, 2, and 3 are now available as 99-cent downloads as PDFs at www.DriveThruComics.com.
The “best of” anthology called BONE CHILLER is also available for $2.99 for a PDF download (as well as for $12 plus S&H on IndyPlanet).
BONE CHILLER and COLD BLOODED CHILLERS 01 have been featured as a “Staff Favorite” pick on Drive Thru Comics!
Enjoy the BONE CHILLER trailer below. Get a taste of what’s in store for you!