Comic Review: Chained To The Grave #3 (IDW Publishing)

In issue 3 of Chained To The Grave, from IDW, the mayhem continues. Outlaw Roy Mason is ‘freshly’ back from the dead, missing an eye and smelling of rot. No […]

In issue 3 of Chained To The Grave, from IDW, the mayhem continues.

Outlaw Roy Mason is ‘freshly’ back from the dead, missing an eye and smelling of rot. No matter. Roy and his family are looking for gold in them thar hills, and they means to find it. Oh, and Roy is chained to his headstone.

We join the merry madness in a town saloon, with a horse auction going on, right by the bar. It’s not the Kentucky Derby trifecta winner, for sure. No fine hats, no bugles.

Without telling you more of the antics, let’s just say this: Chained To The Grave is a must-read. I loved it. From the loopy script, the exaggerated and heartfelt down-home dialogue, the over-the-top shapes and sizes of the characters, this one is a blast. It’s as full of fear and loathing as Scooby-Doo with rabies, or My Little Pony on speed. Brian Level and Andy Eschenbach write a writhing alligator of a story here. And artist Kate Sherron ropes the wayward images into panels that jut out every which way, to our delight. Colour explodes in dayglo, pastel, and unicorn hues. Lettering is by Micah Myers, executed in a low-key, calm manner that adds a solidity to the proceedings. Really, check out this title!

IDW, Chained To The Grave #3, $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Assume 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!!