Asylum #1

4 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 1/10
Story: 2/10

The artwork is top notch, amazing colors.

This is just one big student short film, isn't it?

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CREATED by John Carpenter, Thomas Ian Griffith, and Sandy King
STORY BY Bruce Jones
ART/COVER BY Leonardo Manco
COLORS by Kinsuh Loh
Lettering by Janice Chang
Edited by Sandy King
Storm King Comics
FC • 28 pages • No Price mentioned

Horror comics are an odd thing. At least to me. I have some experience in it, but wouldn’t say that I was any good at it. When you read one, you’re supposed to be held in suspense I think, and a little scared, but it doesn’t pop out at you like watching a movie. No, it stays with you and supposed to give the heebie jeebies, that bit of changed perception to make you fear the shadows for a bit. It’s supposed to be a thrill.

ASYLUM kind does, that, and then it REALLY doesn’t.

I won’t go into to many details, because it really it lacks much of it, and it’s story is so tropes ridden it make you cringe. It’s the classic curmudgeon/wild card/asshole hero versus evil and can he win the day, sort of thing, with everything with the devils, demons, Priest questioning their faith,yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Damn you mad bro?

ASYLUM is riddled with so many things we’ve seen before, it’s only saved by the amazing art and direction of Leonardo Manco. He’s art burst with energy and realism without losing anything dynamic to it. This is the saving grace of this book,, and keeps it a page turner. We have all seen this not-so-good versus evil before, the classic “Bad Good guy” is the only to get it done. The only part that could be interesting is the semi odd couple relationship between the Main character and ridiculously over disgruntled cop.

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Its like a Ross and Rachel thing all over again… JUST KISS ALREADY!

ASYLUM looks like on big pitch/storyboard for a movie that didn’t happen. Carpenter must have had the idea for this stuck under a shelf, and said “ah whatever” and handed it off to be made, possibly just to pitch as a movie. It comes at you like a punch in the head, and gives you nothing new, just the same characters you’ve seen time and time again.  Nothing new to see here move along.

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The blind wise homeless mystic guy, who speaks in riddles? FUCK THAT GUY.

You’re not missing much with this, book, except for the amazing art team involved. The story telling is okay but there ar eparts here, when they try for some flair, just leaves you lost. Pass on this book, since you might as well wait for the shitty Scy FY channel original movie of it.



Juan Navarro
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 Juan Navarro, a Writer/Artist from Miami, Florida, Editor of Creature Entertainment, Creator of webcomics Zombie Years and VIGIL His upcoming series REZ  is curently fully funded and going on KICKSTARTER

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