Thoughts about #1.
Issue 2 of this fascinating detective/mystery/horror series has this synopsis from the titles website:
The skin-crawling horror saga continues! On the re
mote island of Merksay, Hellinger and Fiona cross paths with the highly eccentric locals in their search for Emily, unaware that they are being hunted. What secrets lie in Merksay’s dark hidden places? And more importantly…what’s in the box?
What indeed, is in the box? That’s not revealed from the start as the issue begins with the hitman from the first issue getting a new job and then it’s back on the island of Merksay settling into their new home on the island.
You’ll have to buy the comic to find out what’s in the box, but it’s suitably weird and quite, quite creepy. In fact the entire comic is suitably weird and quite creepy, thanks mainly to the splendid art and the script which at times does force the weirdness just a tad, but most of the time is actually very good. Everyone in the comic is mental, but there’s a real Twin Peaks feel about the islanders on Merksay and this is a good thing as it keeps the reader unnerved.
There’s so much to appreciate in And Then Emily Was Gone. In a market where new comics are either superheroes, or tedious sub Game of Thrones fantasy stories, this stands out as a cut above the rest dashed with some serious originality. The art by Iain Laurie really is the massive draw for this comic as it really is like very little being published in mainstream comics.
The entire thing is wonderful. It’s an engaging, creepy story that will make you want to come back for the next issue and I certainly will be back to find out more about the mysteries of Merksay.