Over the years there have been so many fabulous writers in the horror genre, greats such as Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe just to name a few, but now it is time to add a few more names to that genre. Those names being Scott Tuft and Scott Snyder, two life-long friends who decided to write one of the best horror comics I have ever read….”Severed”.
Snyder who has been writing in the comics industry for the last few years has really made a name for himself with his run on Vertigo’s “American Vampire” and DC’s “Batman” and “Swamp Thing”. To be honest I am not much of a fan for horror in general but when I picked this book up I could simply not put it down!
Something that I thought was really cool was the covers for this series. They leap off the shelf immediately telling us that this book means business and will send shivers up your spine.
The story opens up to an elderly man receives an envelope that was given to his grandson and frantically demands to know who dropped it off before narrating “I tell people I lost my arm in the War. Even my wife doesn’t know the truth.” It’s a great way introduce the story and flash back to 1916 to wear we find a young Jack Garron as he plays the violin. The story focuses primarily on Jack as he searchs for his birth father, while along the way he teams up with a girl named Sam and eventually become best friends.
However things don’t last very well when Jack meets a salesmen who says he can take Jack to his father and help him along the way. The origin of this man is left unknown as he murders and steals the identity of Mr.Fisher.
Now I don’t like to spoil anything in my reviews and in this series I don’t want to give much away but I was thinking about how this book would end and boy was I wrong. The art really suits this style of book as it helps set the time period of the early 1900′s. There is something behind every corner and when you think you can take a breath another page which frightens you. This series is well worth its money, the hard cover which image should be releasing soon will be a very good collectable for everyone to read. One thing I know for certain is that this is something that should be adapted to a movie if possible!
I recently was lucky to speak to both writers and Scott Tuft said that “a sequal is possible” however with both writers busy working on other projects that is a novel worth waiting for.
Final Grade: A+