Filed under: Comic Reviews, DC Comics | Tags: dc comics, Glenn Fabry, Lot 13, Steve Niles
Halloween brought a number of spooky releases, with some one-shots and this new spooky offering from DC saw Steve Niles team up with Glenn Fabry.
When I saw those names I had high hopes that this horror tale would be something fresh and new and we open in Fairfax, Virginia in 1690. As a case is played out before the people of the village – a man has murdered his family before committing suicide and he’s still being tried under local laws for these crimes. The town erupts in the aftermath of a guilty verdict and as the villagers attack the bodies of the victims and the murderer we’re brought ahead to modern times as they finish packing for their move to a bigger, newer house.
Niles manages to capture the family dynamic here as the parents try and motivate their kids Donna, Jackie and Austin into getting the last of their stuff packed, complete with tantrums, teenage love and a hint at the creepy goings-on to come. Seems pretty straight-forward from here but when they arrive at the new house – it’s not ready yet and they’ve still got four days to wait…..cue finding somewhere to stay for that time and we get the freaky stuff happening as they drive around with their belongings in tow. A strange figure appearing in front of the moving van gets splattered all across the front the panic sets in. They all get out to see the damage/mess but it all disappears and it just so happens that they’re outside a place with apartments to rent – a little too convenient if you ask me.
A room each and some quiet time after their packing/drive proves too good to miss but just as they are settling in before heading out for dinner…..Austin gets a knock at his door and a strange visitor in the form of the figure they previously thought they’d hit with their van. As horror tales go this is pretty run of the mill so far and it feels like a fairly big step away from the likes of 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre or the recent Transfusion (reviewed here) that Niles has produced before. In that respect it felt like a bit of a let down for me – even with the family relationships being captured so well…..I was hoping for more.
The art itself is ok and it sticks with the same muted tones and style from that front cover but again, it’s not scary or shocking in any way. Could be that will come and we’ll see where the opening scene fits into things in future issues I’m sure…..if I stick with it.
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