Written by Robert Napton & Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art by Christian DiBari
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 10/01/2014
Image Comics’ imprint Top Cow has been on the front lines of horror comics as far back as I can remember. That being said, it is no surprise that their most recent release “Cutter” had me shaking in my proverbial boots. And my actual boots, too.
Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey have delivered a script that is equal parts creepy and suspenseful. The synopsis is: there is a string of murders in a small town, and there are connections amongst them, aplenty. Our main character, Jeremy, has a formal connection to the departed, and perhaps even a clue or two about the murderer…
The book is in black and white, which is a great pallet for Christian DiBari to work upon. His art is intense, which lends itself to the pacing of the storytelling, and there are subtleties to his work that is really appealing. His use of Ben-Day dots is beautiful and works perfectly juxtapose to the heavy inking. Overall, the book is masterfully drawn. A mixture of Japanese anime and Frank Miller. Perfection.
I don’t always go for horror titles, typically because they are so plotting and predictable. This book doesn’t seem to be heading in that direction, and for the most part, it appears to have a lot of upside. If you prefer black and white, or you just need some thrill in your pulls this week, give this little number a try. Happy reading!