Comic Review: CLUE: Candlestick #1 (IDW)

If you remember the game called Clue, you will have a head start in this comic: Clue Candlestick #1, from IDW. Right from the front cover, we know that there […]

If you remember the game called Clue, you will have a head start in this comic: Clue Candlestick #1, from IDW.

Right from the front cover, we know that there is a mystery afoot. Writer, artist, colourist and letterer Dash Shaw has created a real cornucopia of an experience in comic book form.

Clue Candlestick has a murder mystery, of course. But it abounds with added activities: there’s a maze to complete on page two, for example. There is a note written in code that must be deciphered. There are diagrams that lead to ideas on how to proceed. You can cut out images on the back cover! This is NOT your typical ‘bag and board’ comic book!

It really is a fun experience to see the comic book format being chosen for its visual storytelling abilities. If you are a crime solver or problem solver, you might really enjoy this first issue of Clue Candlestick! It is packed with story and activities.

Added bonus prose feature is a four-page look at Murder Considered a Recreational Activity, by Tim Hodler.

IDW, Clue Candlestick #1, $4.99 for 38 pages of content. Not rated, assume Teen

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!