"Little Girl #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Devil's Due Entertainment
Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Olivia Pelaez
Colored by Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz
Lettered by Jim Campbell
2018, 32 Pages
Comic released on July 11th, 2018
Sarah is alone in her house as her husband Damen is off on a business trip. Under normal circumstances this wouldn't be so bad, but there are some strange things going on that are starting to freak her out, and for good reason. At first, she thinks it's her creepy brother-in-law Al messing with her. That was before she heard the creepy laughter in the middle of the night...or saw the small figure standing in her bathtub.
Little Girl drops you right into the drama of Sarah's life. Damen is cheating on her while he's away, which would be bad enough on its own. I can't imagine what the fallout will be if and when she finds that out, as she's already stressed out of her mind by the end of this first issue.
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Writer Pat Shand paces this comic perfectly. You get hit with the hook of the cheating spouse early and then things escalate with the first of many chilling scares. At first it works like a home invasion story with a beautiful shot of Sarah sleeping alone in her bed with a person's shadow hanging over it from the cool moonlight. Then it gets creepier as the sheets start to move as if someone is crawling into the bed.
Artist Olivia Pelaez does a phenomenal job here, taking the scares from zero to 11 in a moment's notice. In reality, this is such a simple element. We're seeing a sheet move. That doesn't sound all that scary, but that has powered the entire Paranormal Activity franchise for years. There's something absolutely terrifying about things moving when they're not supposed to, especially in the comfort of your own home. Sarah is sleeping soundly in her bed. We're taught at an early age that this is a safe place. The monsters can't get you if you're under the covers, so what do you do when the monster creeps right into your bed?
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This is just the beginning, as Sarah's life quickly gets more unsettling. We don't know the reasoning behind this just yet and that's totally fine. Little Girl #1 pulls you in with this frightening haunted house story. We'll figure out the whys and hows later. The book hits with these very real fears right off the bat that are sure to terrify just about everyone.
The ghost itself, seen as a little girl, is extremely pale, which makes her stand out considerably against the colors from Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz. She appears as this unnatural entity shining through the darkness. This is very effective in the evening scenes where she's mostly covered in shadow. She has these murky light blue eyes that are full of hate.
Little Girl is off to an incredible start with a downright chilling debut issue. The idea of something or someone attacking us while at home is frightening enough on its own. The supernatural element of a young ghost adds an additional layer of terror and intrigue that I'm eager to see play out. In short, this is one of the best first issues of a horror comic I've seen this year.