If you’re looking for something to read late at night, by the fireplace, when you’re all alone, then I have the perfect comic for you! Blood Root #1, a new anthology series of horror comics, published by Sawdust Press,and featuring an eclectic group of new comics talent! Now, the four stories contained in this comic aren’t slasher horror stories; they’re more of the creepy/unnerving variety. I enjoyed them all, but I think my favorite was Brighter Days by Elise Vermeulen, because it was disturbing in an unpredictable way.
There’s an impressive range of art styles within the pages of this first issue, and that’s a testament to the book’s editor, and cover artist, Shing Yin Khor. The first story, The Family That Eats Together by James Neish, uses bright, “candy store” colors to lull you into a false sense of security, just in time for the story to take it’s wicked turn, while Tarwater Studio’s offering. Cold, employs different shades of blue to full narrative effect! I also loved the way artist Drew Rausch drew such expressive characters for his story with writer Jocelyn Gajeway, One Plus One Is Three.
I highly recommend Blood Root to anyone who loves good comics, and especially if you love discovering new comics talent! According to my handy Blood Root postcard, issues 2 and 3 will be available in November & December 2014, respectively. If you’d like to purchase a copy of #1, you can go to the online store here.