"Malevolents: Click Click" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Written by Thom Burgess
Illustrated by Joe Becci
2014, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 31st, 2014
Everyone knows how to click their tongue, right? You can use it to catch someone's attention or mimic the sound of a horse galloping. It's something so innocent too. After reading the first comic from Malevolents, you will never look at it the same way again. The one-shot, Click Click, starts with a ghost story. A group of kids dare each other to spend the night in a haunted house and start sharing stories as to what happened to the last kid that did...not to mention the price he paid.
The main focus of the comic is in this story within the story. Billy Blore stayed in this house one night, but that's not all. He was also dared to summon something that lived there. It turns out the place was haunted because years ago a rich family kept their psychotic child locked up in this room. He got loose and attacked some folks, ripping out their tongues. After that, he was never allowed to leave his room, where he screamed until his vocal cords were torn to shreds. The only way he had to communicate was by clicking his tongue.
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That's pretty creepy on its own, but that's just the beginning. The real terror starts after Billy leaves the house. He starts to see things out of the corner of his eye, strange shadows resembling a person watching him. When he turns to get a closer look, he finds nothing. He can't shake this feeling that he's being watched...and followed. Billy grows more and more paranoid and the faint clicking sounds he hears only serve to frighten him more.
This whole sequence is so very unsettling and made even moreso thanks to Joe Becci's artwork. The book is in black and white, so the figures in the shadows are hard to make out sometimes. You find yourself wondering if that's just a trick of the light or if it really is someone crouching under the tree or standing outside a window. These sightings occur in totally normal situations, like when Billy's brushing his teeth or talking to some friends. I can't possibly imagine how I'd react if I saw something like this out on an average day. I'd be driven crazy too. No wonder Billy is in such a state.
This tension builds as the comic continues. With each sighting, especially with those wide, staring eyes, a chill runs up your spine. You can't look away from those peepers. They look right into your soul and there's no telling what they'll do if they get close enough to you. Looking through the comic again to write this review has the hair on the back of my neck rising.
Becci isn't finished though. All of this leads up to an epic two full pages, each more horrifying than the last as the monster is revealed in all its glory. Seriously, I just looked at those two pages again and I had to turn away. It's those eyes! They follow you around, piercing into the very fiber of your being. These are the kind of images that, if they were real, would drive a normal person insane. Your mind just wouldn't be able to comprehend what was happening, going immediately into shock.
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Malevolents is the scariest comic I've read all year. I made the mistake of checking this book out right before going to bed. Don't do that if you want to get any sleep whatsoever. This is the kind of comic that will have you checking the locks on your doors and windows, just to make sure that everything is sealed up tight. Of course, that might not save you in the end...especially if you start hearing the hollow click click of his tongue.