Review – The Creep #1

Writer: John Arcudi
Art: Jonathan Case
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The Creep returns to us for a new issue, we join Oxel in his continued pursuit to find the truth about the suicide of a child belonging to one of his past romantic desires. Unfortunately we also see quite a bit of time has been lapsing since the #0 issue took the stage and a worried Stephanie is trying to keep Oxel fighting to find the truth after a disturbing series of investigations as he started the case. The period between those encounters hasn’t been kind, Oxel’s health is continuing to deteriorate and we see a very conflicted man pushing on through the story.

The problem seen in The Creep is that we’re leading nearly 3 stories at once and it’s also an investigative pursuit on top of all else. Honestly it’s frustrating to see so many elements at once but you can’t help but feel it’s taking on a cinematic approach of layering the madness until it comes to a boil. One can only hope the introductions of possible addiction and disillusionment don’t make this difficult case any more of a mess than it already is with so few leads available to Oxel.

It’s a hard job being a detective and it’s even worse with uncontrollable disease, physical disfigurement and a budget that barely allows for a cup of coffee. Oxel has his work cut out for him as he fights his own internal debate on how deep he wants to go with this case, seeing the situation of the families and the growing level of conflict between everyone can’t be that helpful. We do see signs of conviction coming back toward the final pages that show there’s some movement coming but one has to wonder if it’ll be enough to keep this nightmare scenario rolling?

I have faith in Oxel and while mixing booze and meds is certainly not a great idea on his part, I think he’ll be wise enough to get it together to face this whole situation head-on and give us some new twists as he gets his feet wet again.

Release Date: September 12, 2012

Links: Pre-Order | Preview (Coming Soon)

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – The Creep #0

Writer: John Arcudi
Art: Jonathan Case
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Frank Miller
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Where do we start with The Creep? If you’ve been following Dark Horse Presents you’ll be aware of the 3 chapter mini series that ran in the pages of the book. If you’re not familiar with it, well today is your lucky day and we’re talking about this unique story all in one shot before the real thing kicks off.

Being a detective is never easy, you’re going through some of the worst cases and examples of humanity or what could be called humanity with a sliver of hope at the other end if you’re lucky. Add into the mix some hormonal issues and a massive frame and all of a sudden life really doesn’t seem nearly as promising. We join Oxel in a rough time of his life, facing down self employment debt, crappy local teens and a visit from his past coming back to dig up all his less cherished memories.

Naturally this is the highlight of the story though, from here we see Oxel take up an assignment that not only stirs up past emotional trauma but some intense psychological issues because of the case itself. It’s one thing to look into a random case that comes across the desk, it’s another when it strikes home and the trail itself has already been tampered with by those seeking the aid. Oxel has his work cut out for him in a domestic drama that looks to span much further than he’d prefer and given the connection he has, there’s no looking back on this one.

The Creep #0 is a good read, for those curious I suggest checking it out but to be aware that even though it spans 3 chapters of work there are only about 26 pages of actual content to read through and then you’re left hanging for more. Who is Oxel? What does his old love interest have to do with all this and why is are the flashback panels so amazing in their retro form?

Jonathan Case does a great job mixing present day and flashbacks together, the sharp contrast paints a solid break between the present day (blue/cool) and the yearning for yesterday (warm) and not only that but the memories are highly stylized presentations giving an almost idealistic representation of those days, the glory years before it all went so wrong. It compliments the pace setup by John Arcudi as the story moves along, bringing Oxel’s emotional struggle to a fuller life. It’ll be a hard wait for The Creep #1 to roll around, until then bask in the almost noir style case that gets unleashed through these pages and try to dig up your own conclusions.

Release Date: August 8, 2012

Links: Preview | Pre-Order

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½