Writer – Stever Gerber, Doug Moench, Carl Wessler, Chris Claremont, Kenneth Dreyfack
Artist – Pablo Marcos, Alfredo Alcala, Win Mortimer
Simon Garth and the voodoo priestess Layla, fresh from surviving the horror they faced in the last issue, continue to make their way through the swamps and when fate steps in and Layla is knocked unconscious, Garth continues on his way until he comes across another lonely house in the bayou, not unlike the one he recently left behind. Coming upon the structure, he does nothing but observe through its various windows and what he sees is a mystery unfold, one filled with murder, with family and one packed with blame. It all centers around the death of one Brian Collier who left a very strange will behind and who in real life was afraid of not only dying, but of possibly being buried alive. To that end he leaves instructions on what to do if anyone wished to inherit his fortune and in the space of less than a day, all of those who stand to inherit find themselves on the wrong end of life. Garth for his part, while not exactly curious as he has little mind of his own, cannot turn away from that which unfolds and it is not long before he himself gets involved. Written by Doug Moench from a plot by Steve Gerber with an intro from Pablo Marcos and the bulk of the tale being drawn by Alfredo Alcala, the story is quite fantastic and unfolds just like watching a film on the big screen. The only difference to it all being the horror of Garth and his undead form permeating the tale, which for those reading, enhances it more than anything else. Alcala’s line-work is exceptional and one cannot help but pore over every detail of every page, the book looking absolutely phenomenal, enhancing the already captivating story. As for the rest of it, Kenneth Dreyfack presents an article called Voodoo in the Park while Chris Claremont gives a book review later on. Two more minor tales round out the issue with the first featuring a bit of just desserts for a voodoo priest and another that sees a man set to die given a second chance at life and death. The latter story of the two is exceptionally devious and deliciously evil as a woman avenges her husband through voodoo and makes the man who is about to die suffer more than he would at the end of a rope. While the book is a great read through and through, it is the massive opening epic of a story by Moench and company that really steals the show. The best thing about it being that despite taking a bit of a detour, it continues the plot of the previous few and does so by completely capturing its reader’s right from the get-go and refusing to let them go until that final panel.
5 out of 5