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 in 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 make 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.
I truly love American horror comics as they delve into the crazy minds of characters that movies have stopped doing. The art is usually brilliant, and the craziness is just running rampant. Colder is one of those comics, however, one of my favorite things about this series is the monster design.
The five-part series follows a mental patient that is being taken care of by a nurse. Declan lives with the said nurse, but he’s getting colder and colder as time moves on and everyone thinks he’s in a coma. There are no records of him as the series opens up with a fire that burns down an asylum during World War II. Declan later discovers he must fight an enemy named Nimble Jack who put him in a coma, to begin with. Insane people or crazy people are actually mentally stuck in an alternate world full of evil monsters and batshit insane stuff.
This is when the comic got really good; Declan taking his caretaker into the other world and using insane people as kind of a port key or doorway. Nimble Jack eats the souls of insane people and his prize is Declan himself who’s been “marinating” in insanity for him to devour. Nimble Jack actually reminds me a lot of The Joker and I couldn’t help but notice his mannerisms which aren’t all that bad actually.
The comic is surprisingly well-paced and forgoes the panels of nothing with panels of heavy dialog. I felt there was a beginning middle and end through the five issues which are hard to pull off. The characters are likable, and the comic makes you think about your own sanity which most comics don’t do. The grotesque monsters are truly unique and are disgusting and keep you hooked as well as the occasional scenes of gore.
Overall, Colder is a great horror comic series and I couldn’t find much wrong with it except some slightly rushed character development, but overall this series is quite memorable.
Darksiders II is a fantastic game. It’s become a trend to slowly release comics up to a game’s release, but Death’s Door proves why this is such an issue. The main reason is that most of the game’s story can’t be spoiled before its release thus limiting the comic’s story. Death’s Door feels pointless and empty. Each of the 5 issues is only 13 pages full of maybe 10 sentences each. Sure the art is good but the story is seriously lacking and there’s absolutely zero character development. We don’t even know who Death is or the other Horsemen and the entire story is about some artifact that Death is trying to get back from an angel. Completely pointless and just plain forgettable.
What this comic also shows is that they need to be released after the game’s release. This gives the writers more freedom to advance or even divert from the game’s story while also incorporating and talking about it. Death’s Door at least looks decent but it’s also nothing special. Nearly every page is one piece of art with a few words that Death is narrating. It’s all a bunch of foreshadowing and riddles. The entire comic doesn’t make any sense even for people who have played the games. Sure we know who the characters are, but this series just doesn’t do the Darksiders franchise justice.