Comic Review: Basketful of Heads #1 (DC Comics)

It’s Maine, 1983. A resort island, at the end of the tourist season. How does this story of a young man and woman lead us to a scene in the […]

It’s Maine, 1983. A resort island, at the end of the tourist season. How does this story of a young man and woman lead us to a scene in the same town many years later, with a man walking along a bridge at night with a “Basketful of Heads”? It’s DC Comics, Basketful of Heads #1.

From horror writer Joe Hill, this miniseries starts off strong. The script is engaging, the characters likable. Art by Leomac, a low key/pipe smoking / bearded fellow, is amazing. It has a classic feel, this art. Like something from Gold Key or Silver Age comic strips. That sort of clean, unfussy rendering. Realistic figures, nicely composed panels, normal camera angles. My hunch is that this type of careful, “normal” storytelling will further enhance the horror that is likely to come. Dave Stewart’s colouring is heavy on the orange here, with an overall light touch, completely appropriate and totally cool.

The first issue (of six) is setting the scene nicely for some rough stuff ahead. This title is highly recommended!

DC Comics, Basketful Of Heads #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Black Label title, for Mature readers.

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!!