Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by A.C. Zamudio
Colors and Cover Art by Carlos Nicolas Zamudio
Publisher: Monkey Brain Comics
Release Date: 11/26/2014
Horror is defined by Webster’s dictionary as “a very strong feeling of fear, dread, and shock”. When a creative team is able to capture that essence and transfer it over to the pages of a comic book, the results can be pretty remarkable. That’s exactly what Cullen Bunn, A.C. Zamudio, and Carlos Nicolas Zamudio have done here with THE REMAINS #4, which includes an ending that is tragic and quite honestly difficult to endure.
When I say difficult to endure, I don’t mean this in a negative way, quite the opposite actually. I was so caught up in the lives of these two sisters (Birdie and Abbie), that I did not want this series to end. I will not spoil the events that unfold in the finale, just know that it does not disappoint.
When you take these elements of horror that I described earlier, and combine it with compelling characters and the gripping uncertainty that comes along with Bunn’s strong style of story-telling, you get a quality comic book. What’s amazing is that the entire story takes place on the family farm, and it does not take us very far from this at all from a setting standpoint.
The cast includes a father suffering from a painful disease, a mother with child, two young girls who must pull their own weight around the farm to help make ends meet. Then there is the hired hand the family is forced to bring in, in light of their current circumstances. Cole Jensen comes in their lives and unworldly things begin to occur. Jensen’s eerie and sinister presence creeps out Birdie and readers alike, and impacts the lives of this family in a way that I did not see coming.
The artistic team nails it with the illustrations in every issue, and they close it out beautifully with issue four. A.C. Zamudio has a serious talent for character depiction, and Carlos Nicolas Zamudio amazes with impressively dark colors and covers.
In a book that may have been under the radar, because of its digital only availability, Cullen Bunn and crew have provided us with one of the best comic horror shorts this year. Do yourselves a favor, and read this series!
REVIEW: THE REMAINS #4
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)
One of the best horror comics of the year. Masterful story-telling and incredible artwork.