Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Release Date: 10/2014-02/2015
Read my previous review for the original Colder mini-series as this one picks up right where that one left off. We find Declan and his previous caretaker living a happy life when a new player comes into the scene. A more sinister man who is harvesting fingers of the insane; yes fingers. He runs around slicing off people’s fingers and sticking them in soil pots. Swivel, this new bad guy, is actually a much better villain than Nimble Jack as he is just calmer and less likely to relate to another villain. The monsters he creates are all finger monsters which are just extremely disturbing and awesome at the same time.
The plot is a little less meaty than the last series, and we don’t find out why Swivel wants all these fingers until the last issue. He just repeats that he can’t harvest, can’t grow crops, because of Declan, but it does eventually all come together to a nice conclusion. The series doesn’t explore the insanity aspect as much as before and they play it off as we already know and understand, so it ends up taking a back seat which is fine in the context of the comic.
Colder is one of the few mini-series I have read that has a solid beginning middle and end, most series can’t pull this off well. Colder is a great weekend read and something you will talk about with friends and fellow comic lovers for a while. The monster design and overall use of the human psyche are what makes it stick with you. It’s all about the villains and bad guys in Colder that make the series memorable.
Overall, The Bad Seed is an excellent sequel to an already excellent series. Any horror fan should start with the original series and work their way up, you’re really missing out if you don’t.