Comic Review: Black Friday (Scout Comics)

The creepiness starts with the cover, so you’ve been either alarmed or enticed: Black Friday is here, from Scout Comics’ Black Caravan horror imprint! Writer Jon Clark and artist Travis […]

The creepiness starts with the cover, so you’ve been either alarmed or enticed: Black Friday is here, from Scout Comics’ Black Caravan horror imprint!

Writer Jon Clark and artist Travis Williamson waste no time getting the atmosphere set straight: it’s the big box store at the end of the day on Black Friday. The clean-up crew discovers death, disturbance, and disarray at StarMart! It’s up to four employees to get a grip on the pit and pendulum of their stomachs, the pulse of the blood, the tik-tok of their beating hearts: something really disturbing is happening in the store!

It’s dark, so dark, but delicious. The exaggerated environment, the pale stilted people, the drawn-out features, the blobs and patches, the scratchiness: Travis Williamson brings his “A” Game to this retail horrorshow. April Brown’s stretchy, sharp-edged lettering effects, Jon Clark’s plot, the twisting and intertwining of the character stories, the tentative uncertainty on ‘where do we go from here’, it’s grippingly good.

Scout Comics, Black Friday #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Teen

Alan Spinney

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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!!