Indie Showcase: Packs Of The Low Country Vol. 1

Packs Of The Low Country Vol 1

 

Written By: John Dudley

Pencils and Inks By: Don Cardenas

Lettered By: John Westhoff (Chapters 2-6) Don Cardenas (Prologue-Chapter 1)

Colored Art By: Mark Dale (Chapters 2-6) Kelly Fitzpatrick (Chapter 1)

Color Flats Assist: Drew Browne

The horror genre is a subsection of comic books that much like the moon, waxes and wanes. Recently however there’s been a surge in horror comics that have actually been surprising worthy of being called good reads. Tales of Mr Rhee, House of Penance, The Belfry one shot comic. All books that recently have been proven to be amazing at revitalizing horror and removing it from being a cliche as many think it to be. Enter Packs of the Low Country. A story of an earth that has survived paranormal invasion from the unknown, has now found itself in a state of survival and segregation. With this new series launching its first volume today, let’s see if it’s up to the task of running with the big dogs as a good read.

 

The Breakdown:

With 16 years now passed since a ghoulish attack by unknown creatures and beasts, There is but one city is left not affected by them. When another city is suspected to be out there unaffected by this new world, a team is formed of very interesting characters including Bastion Conroy who undergoes a rather alarming transformation due to this journey and, along with the rest of the team, is forced to overcome fears of the past, dangerous enemies, and a world like they’ve never seen before. One very intriguing feature of this series is the existence of humans called “users” who appear to be normal superhero comics would call metahumans, this is far from the normal save the day story and sticks to its horror roots.

 

Opinions and Such:

Wow. Just wow. This is a very impressive start to what feels like a labor of love from creators new to creating a comic book. Normally that would result in total failure and would warrant several more attempts but here…it’s actually above average and honestly it’s refreshing to say that. With the growing force of creator owned comics on the rise, this idea of a paranormal invasion occurring with it having such a radical effect on the world as well as specifically this POV character of Bastion, it makes for a compelling narrative. You will find yourself practically entranced in the story because of the characters in Bastion, Mark, Hel, and Gills are worth following. Gill specifically caught my attention as he, being a kid forced into a post apocalyptic world has to stop a normal life of childhood and be entrenched in something never thought of by humans. It honestly screams Ben from Falling Skies. Criminally underrated show. Highly recommend it. I’m a sucker for good side characters sue me.

Like previously mentioned is that you practically find yourself entranced in this story. Practically being the operative word. The art is well done for what is called an “indie book” but when you’ve seen others do art in this subsection of comic books slightly better, its noticable that the style overtakes the quality at times. It almost is very reminiscent of Mike Mignola as he began Hellboy, but that doesn’t mean the style of the books should damage the quality. Detail is missing at times especially in the later chapters of this first volume, but that doesn’t mean this book is bad by any means, it’s the first attempt by very ambitious individuals and this can see this first experience being worth it in the long run.

 

Rating: 8/10

 

Closing Thoughts:

Packs of the Low Country is worth the read. I feel the need to put what I normally save till the end of the conclusion because my thoughts on the art can misconstrued my thoughts on the overall book itself. This was very enjoyable. It’s noticeable that Horror books are becoming more of a thing rather than superheroes and that’s a needed change. Not horror specifically but more subsections, and horror is a big part of that. Werewolves are some of my favorite creatures in all of horror and seeing them in this way as practically a plague on humanity controlled by a hive mind? That’s definitely a welcome change from sexy men losing their clothes to transform. Like previously said, the story is amazing and when the art is good, it’s very good for a first crack into comic books. This is deemed a good read and if you wish to pledge to their kickstarter launching today, the link is:

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1848964441/267460042?ref=2n670w&token=3ec7ee98

 

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