This issue of Horror Double Feature is a heaping serving of horror from its terrifying opening story to its action/horror closing. The first story titled “The Carpetbaggers” is a truly creepy tale written by Corrina Beckho on her second Double Double Feature story (second in a row to boot). The story is set in a medieval world with art handled by Kyle Latino. The second story gives the reader Tim Seeley, who is pulling double duty by handling art and writing on his second go at Jack Kraken with Colors by Carlos Badilla and Letters by Crank. You can download the double Feature App or download it at the Four star Studio website http://www.fourstarstudios.com/
“The Carpetbaggers” tells the story of a traveler whose penance for his past misdoings is to walk the earth dispatching evil, wherever and whenever he finds it. On this dark and stormy night, the traveler finds himself in a tavern swimming in librations and recanting a story of his past exploits. The tale the traveler tells is that of a castle full of evil creatures in the guise of man. The traveler seeks shelter at the aforementioned castle only to find a note telling him to leave. In a “bull-in-a-china-shop” fashion, the traveler confronts the evil only to learn these heinous creatures are hard to dispose of. The story ends in their current time, with the traveler again confronting the same evil from his tale, hidden amongst the tavern patrons. This story is the best of this installment of Horror Double Feature and is a great embodiment of horror in comics. From its creepy atmospheric art to its choice of creatures, it feels like a story straight out of Creepy or Eerie comics. The creatures in this story are the standouts, as they’re not your run of the mill monsters like vampires or werewolves. Instead the creatures are a play on rarely used Japanese monster. The art is the second standout with Latino’s black & white art, which gives an almost water color look.
Tale two is “The Ballad of Ciaoain Orlaith” where Jack Kraken finds himself hot on the heels of a newly released prisoner. This prisoner, Ciaoain Orlaith, happens to have just pulled a 1600 year sentence and is the truth behind an acient Celtic myth. Orlaiths’s crime was the murder of 1600 people, and sentenced for one year for every life she took. Jack tracks her to a hospital and reveals Oraith’s history. Jack follows the woman expecting her to fall back on her evil ways, but things aren’t what they appear. The story ends on a Twilight Zone ending which will leave the reader, along with Jack, saying “Whoops!”. The comic is solid in storytelling, but Orlaith’s history could have been handled differently to match the creativity expected from Horror Double Feature. As for the art, we had to do a double take after reading the story because it didn’t look like Seeley’s art. This is no slight against Seeley; it was excellent. It was just different from his previous work. It was in the commentary that Seeley explains he was under the gun doing this story. The colorist Carlos Badillia, whom Seeley indicates in aforementioned commentary, pulled the art together, covering any signs of the art being rushed. Some really good news in the commentary: there is a chance Jack Kraken might see print in the near future.
With issue 2 of Horror Double Feature in the stores, this comic will leave you looking forward to issue 3 and in the short term…SciFi Double Feature.
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