"Little Girl #2" 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, $3.99
Comic released on September 19th, 2018
Abby May's spirit is tied to a stuffed penguin she had growing up. She's killed the last person who held it and now she's following it on its perilous journey until it ends up in the hands of a down-on-his-luck reverend in a small church. I'm sure this will end well.
Little Girl starts out strong with an absolutely terrifying first issue. This one keeps that momentum going, however I want to encourage you to avoid reading the brief recap on the first page. That ruins some plot points and reveals, so it's best to experience this as cold as you can. I'm going to avoid spoilers as much as possible in this review, pointing out some of the highlights of the book, of which there are many.
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Abby May is literally haunting this penguin. That's a weird sentence, so let me explain. She appears as a ghostly visage near it, wherever it might be. Artist Olivia Pelaez places Abby May in inconspicuous places to stare out menacingly. For example, we'll see her reflection in a window as a character walks by the discarded toy.
She tends to come out in earnest during the evening, appearing as a thin and frightening girl of plaster. Veins bulge from her tiny arms as she looks on in pure rage. She reminds me a bit of the girl from The Ring and she's just as creepy. As white as she is, Abby May seems to glow with an undead energy, especially in the evening. Colorist Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz gives her this chalky luminescence, like water hasn't touched her lips in ages. She's a shriveled husk of a human.
Where Little Girl excels is the subtle scares. These are the things that Abby May does in the dead of the night to shake her victims to their core. One shown early on is when a guy opens his door to find a pair of footprints in the snow. Everything else around them is undisturbed, so how could those footprints have been made? That is a horrifying thing to find with darkness all around you.
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We get a glimpse of Abby May's life before she turned into this monstrous spirit of vengeance. It's a disturbing flashback that's shrouded in anger. There's a chilling scene where letterer Jim Campbell uses a wavy word balloon and font in a perfect way to convey how Abby May is hearing a man's words. It's spot on and adds to the terror of the scene.
Little Girl aims right for the heart with its scares. Writer Pat Shand does not let up even for a moment. This is a terrifying comic from start to finish and it's showing no signs of slowing down. This is the kind of book that will have you checking your doors and windows to make sure they're locked before going to bed.