If you’re a fan of the horror genre and looking for a story that’ll make you ask yourself, “what the hell did I just read?” look no further than writer Steve Niles and artist Szymon Kudranski’s latest Image series, A Town Called Terror #1. While not a lot of information is given in the first issue, we learn that a man named Henry is kidnapped by a group of skull-wearing masked men and hoisted off from his wife, who is left without a clue to her husband’s whereabouts. It’s an intriguing tale that will quench just enough of your comic taste buds long enough to figure out who took Henry and why.
Szymon Kudranski’s inspirations for A Town Called Terror #1 can be widely felt from many genres of movies and comics, including Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and his own earlier work on his books like Black Eyed Kids and Piecemeal. On top of these influences, Kudranski is a natural at shadow play and setting dark and gruesome tones in his work that brings the book to life. His color choices add unimaginable depth to the story and makes each page feel as realistic and uncanny as possible.
Although there’s still a lot to learn moving forward about A Town Called Terror, the level of curiosity that the first issue sets matched with Kudranski’s unique illustrations is more than enough for come back for the second issue. This is definitely a book to grab on your next trip to your local comic shop.
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