‘Speak No Evil’ Issue 1 Review: The Box
Speak No Evil is a horror-comedy indie comic book series that holds a lot of promise. Issue 1 ‘The Box’ introduced us to the characters and I’m looking forward to reading more.
While a lot of mainstream comics end up being all about the next big event rather than actual story-telling, numerous indie comics give readers something better. Speak No Evil is one such comic book that has a lot of potential to be something great.
The story starts in 1927, with Nikola Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft doing supernatural experiments. They open up a portal and demons come out. The brilliant scientists do manage to close the portal but not before a demon kills Tesla’s assistant, Charles. Tesla stops the experiments and closes everything up in a box. From there the story picks up ten years later and we meet two siblings, Silas and Edwin, who find…you guessed it! Tesla’s box in the same cabin in which the experiments were conducted.
Curious scientists experimenting with the supernatural isn’t something new. However, I liked how Justin Corbett and George Tripsas decided to use Tesla and H.P. Lovecraft in the story. The personality of the siblings allows for the story to feel fresh and you’ll end up wanting to know more. I also liked the art by Samir Simao. It is a bit cartoony but it suits the horror-comedy vibe of the story just fine. Chunlin Zhao has done a good job with the colors.
The first issue also has a mini-story showing Charles going to work for Tesla. I have a feeling we’ll get to meet him again as the story continues. He was pulled into the demonic portal and that has never turned out well for anyone.
The Kickstarter for Issue 2 of Speak No Evil is currently running. The second issue will also introduce a female protagonist named Effie. There are some very cool rewards up for grabs. You can also check out the cover for Issue 2 along with the first three pages!
Judging by the first issue, Speak No Evil feels like a mix of Supernatural and Ash vs Evil Dead. I do feel that it will be a good read for fans of those two shows or for any reader who likes the genre. It is definitely a must-read with Halloween coming up.
Have you read Speak No Evil yet? Let us know!
Note: I received a review copy of Speak No Evil. The comic book is published by Gray Bear Comics.
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies. He reviews shows such as Gotham and Teen Wolf.
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