Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ten Books To Read For Halloween: #4

I've enjoyed many Vertigo-ish horror comics that have come out in recent years. Obviously, some are better than others. Some books that were good but didn't make my countdown that have the same feel as Vertigo titles are The Blackburne Covenant and The Devil's Footprints. Both are by Dark Horse, if I'm not mistaken. But the book holding the number four slot is truly Vertigo...

4. Mnemovore by Hans Rodionoff, Ray Fawkes, and Mike Huddleston. One of the true, great horror books I've read in recent years just came to a conclusion this past September. Mnemovore is a six-issue mini-series that follows Kaley after a skiing accident left her without many memories from her life. We follow in her footsteps as she reacquaints herself with family and friends frustrated with her condition, slowly regaining the memories she has lost. But there's something else there in her memories, in the lives of those around her, just out of the periphery of her vision. Something that doesn't want her to remember. Mnemovore has one of the greatest creepy atmospheres I've seen in a comic. It really creates a mood and sucks you into this world where strange things are happening. Through Kaley, you witness unsettling occurences. And the art and panels are used in such a way that you actually feel the memory loss that she undergoes, the frustration of missing pieces. Words are missing from word balloons, pictures fade or are completely absent. It's really creepy. The series just builds this palpable tension with each issue, ultimately climaxing in the final issue. Mnemovore was a real find. Unfortunately, sales for the series were very soft, so it may never be collected. If you're ever going to read this great story, seek out the back issues now. You'll be happy you did.

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