|THESE. DAMN. KIDS! No. 1, May 2021|
Thankfully however, this twenty-two page periodical’s plot contains much more than a series of gruesome murders by providing plenty of focus on the book’s central protagonist Gary Marshall, long “before he became the hero cop on the case in Leave On The Light." Desperately trying to give up smoking, spend some quality time with his lovely wife, and keep his last meal down whilst examining macabre pieces of art built using assorted body parts, the policeman’s increasing suspicion as to just how the multiple victims’ children could somehow sleep through their ordeals nicely matches the readers’ increasing revulsion at the seemingly senseless mass killings; “That is very odd, from the looks of the murders, they must have made some noise. Kinda hard to sever a head without sound.”
In addition, Peter Breau and Golden’s collaborative script also manages to instil a little life into this publication’s wider cast, most notably Marshall’s wife, Kelli, who discovers she is pregnant halfway through the comic. True, few of these insights aren't particularly illuminating, but even the running gag throughout that the town needs a better Health Inspector owing to all the upset stomach cases occurring to the Sherriff’s people during this tummy-churning investigation makes the characters appear a little more human and much less simple cardboard caricatures.
Also worthy of note are Helmut Racho’s mesmerising layouts, which go a considerable way to depicting both the raw innocence of the children before they become possessed, and their utterly irreprehensible counter-parts, who seem perfectly capable of drilling their father to death with an electric drill whilst simultaneously carrying a disconcertingly joyous glint in their eyes. In fact, despite this book containing several gratuitously graphic splash-pages, it is the artist’s ability to suggest what occurred ‘off-screen’ which will undoubtedly give many within this prequel’s audience some seriously sleepless nights.
|Writers: Peter Breau & Bradley Golden, and Artist: Helmut Racho|