"Gravetrancers #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Black Mask Studios
Written by M.L. Miller
Illustrated by James Michael Whynot
Colored by Dee Cunniffe
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 18th, 2018
The shit is hitting the fan at Burwood Memorial Park. Siblings Maribel and Anthony came here to pay their last respects to their father and got caught up in this crazy setup the Malort family has, making highly addictive drugs out of dead people. Now the cops are surrounding the place and all hell is breaking loose. It’s a good thing they’re already at a cemetery because there are going to be a lot of dead bodies before this is all through.
At this point, Gravetrancers is moving at a mile a minute. The Malorts are not going to let a few pesky cops put an end to this profitable racket they’ve got going on. They’re going to fight tooth and nail to protect this. That means digging into their secret stash of weaponry, including military-grade guns and exploding junkies. (Did I tell you this book was going to get crazy? Because it is definitely getting crazy.)
There is madness at every turn in Gravetrancers. Artist James Michael Whynot fills every panel with pure insanity. It’s fun to just stare at the pages and take everything in. There are so many disturbing little details too. Every time you think you’ve seen everything, you’ll flip the page and uncover something even more horrifying. To put this in perspective, this issue starts with a grown man in a leopard-print thong wearing a panda head and having a tea party with filthy stuffed animals. That is the least weird thing that happens in this comic.
There’s so much tension at work now and virtually no one is safe. Maribel is trying to save her brother, who is tripping balls in a cave and talking to dead people. Writer M.L. Miller adds another wrinkle to the drug angle that makes it even more dangerous and ups the ante considerably. While all this is going on, there’s an alarm sounding; so many of the panels are filled with the large “BA-TONG-GA-DONG” sound effect. Although you obviously can’t heart this, the words appear so imposing, like they’re suffocating the characters on the page.
Colorist Dee Cunniffe adds to the mayhem with some incredible work. He makes Whynot’s pencils feel like a fever dream, which is fitting considering some of the crazy things people are seeing under the influence of the drugs. It’s like the sky itself is alive, constantly changing color, in a strange amalgam of moonlight, fire, and police lights.
Gravetrancers is like Rocky Horror Picture Show through the lens of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s bold, bloody, and absolutely bonkers. This comic is so unpredictable and insane that you will be eagerly awaiting the next and final chapter because you have to wonder what else can possibly happen at this point.