Issue #5 of The Low Low Woods from DC, gives us the lowdown on what’s up downtown. It’s a critical issue in our understanding of the occurrences in the strange little place called Shudder-To-Think, Pennsylvania US.

First off, the front cover and variant cover are really strong, eye-catching graphics. Sam Wolfe Connelly illustrates the main cover, and the Jenny Frison variant cover is equally impressive! Graphic in the sense of graphic design, pure horror eye candy. But tastefully done, all pouring, dripping, cascading, fluid-filled.

This time around, writer Carmen Maria Machado delves into back story, and it is fascinating. How the dark magic became. Who is inhabiting the Low Low Woods, who is lurking below the surface, tangentially, emerging in a semiconscious swirling of evil and menace?

Dani’s art here is deceptively simple, coloured in earth tones. The ease of reading is surprising, the story flows like a twisted Aesop’s Fable Meets Grimm Fairy Tales. The shadows are long, the ideas from this creative team are fresh, frightening, and fabulous. Pick up this series, jump in now before it ends with issue six.

As always, there is also a two-paged chapter of Sea Dogs, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Dan McDaid, colours by John Kalisz. Can’t wait until this backup series gets collected into a stand-alone volume!

DC Black Label Joe Hill imprint, $3.99 for 25 pages of content Mature Readers, 17+

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By 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!!