Bone Parish #1, BOOM! Studios

(Courtesy of BOOM! Studios)

A suspenseful thriller, Bone Parish #1 (BOOM! Studios) effectively combines crime and horror into an unforgettable read! As for its first issue, this supernatural crime story delivers interesting characters with an unpredictable plot.

A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises. While the crime families wage war, users begin to experience terrifying visions of the dead coming back to life-through them.

We have 5 reasons why you should get Bone Parish #1:

5) The Creative Team!

The Empty Man, which was written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, was a very chilling BOOM! miniseries. That was an intense read! I’m really looking forward to seeing what Bunn and the War for the Planet of the Apes artist are going to cook up!

4) The Writing!

Writer Cullen Bunn does a fantastic job balancing the horror with the criminal aspects; like the two genres are in tune to each other. Because the first issue introduces the ensemble characters, Bunn jumps around from the users, the dealers, and the kingpins. Letterer Ed Dukeshire subtly hints at the suspense, drawing readers close to the major revelation as to where “The Ash” comes from.

3) The Artwork!

In my honest opinion, I really do think artist Jonas Scharf used The Wire as reference. New Orleans really comes alive in Scharf’s wonderfully drawn backgrounds. And when the horror strikes, oh man do those pages turn bloody!

2) The Colors!

Colorist Alex Gumares heightens the drug hallucinations with a vivid palette. In the opening pages, we see the trippy effects of The Ash on the drug user. Notice how the hallucinations have a purplish and pink blend.

1) Horror & Crime!

Creepy right from the start, Bone Parish #1 cranks up the suspense while leading to a major shocker! With that last twist, I’m definitely coming in for the second issue!



Four out of four emojis

Bone Parish #1 arrives in stores on July 25th, 2018.

By Jorge Solis

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