Poser #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Waxwork Comics
Written by Matt Miner
Illustrated by Clay McCormack
Colored by Doug Garbark
2018, 32 Pages
A brutal killer stalks Redondo Beach, California, carving up his victims and writing out “Poser” in their blood. Just who is this mysterious murderer? And are Ash and her friends in his line of sight? Who will be the next victim? So many questions and all of them are great as Poser kicks off with a bang…or a cut? He definitely doesn’t use a gun.
Anyway, Poser starts off with a flashback to 1982 as a group of punks hang out around a bonfire on the beach. The awkward Otto comes up to chat and he’s quickly made fun of and threatened. He gets his revenge soon after by carving up his bullies and leaving their remains hanging for all to see.
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This is a terrifying sequence, made even more so by artist Clay McCormack’s depiction of a crazed Otto. Blood splattered on his face, he gloats about his recent kill shouting, “Who’s the poser now?” It’s brutal and hits hard. Otto’s story takes an interesting turn, particularly when the Poser killer attacks again decades later. Are these new murders somehow connected to Otto? Or is this a red herring?
It’s this kind of mystery that makes Poser such a compelling read. I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen next or who might be behind these murders and I love it. This is a comic that will keep you on your toes. There are a couple of characters that seem more likely to be the killer, but they could easily be misdirection. I’m already creating theories in my head as to what writer Matt Miner may be up to here.
A healthy chunk of Poser #1 is spent introducing us to characters in the present day, like Ash. We all know these are the soon-to-be victims and they’re going to meet some gruesome ends. After getting to know them a little, you’ll fear for what is inevitably in their future. This is matched by McCormack’s artwork and Doug Garbark’s colors, creating a fun atmosphere with a hint of foreboding. You know that this group is going to get a lot smaller in the coming issues as they’re not all going to make it out alive, yet for these few pages, they were happy and carefree.
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The gore in Poser is unbelievable and shocking. It comes at times when you least expect it. You didn’t think you were going to see all those entrails when you turned the page, but there they are. There are some particularly brutal kills in this issue and it’s only the first chapter.
As with other titles from Waxwork Comics like House of Waxwork, Poser comes with its own soundtrack. The music by Joel Grind is a perfect fit for the comic, striking a great balance between punk rock and classic horror synthesizer. It really heightens the enjoyment, creating a truly unique reading experience.
Poser has the makings of the next great slasher story. It’s like a punk rock version of I Know What You Did Last Summer, but with some actual diversity instead of wall-to-wall white people. Although, now that I think about it, we don’t know of a connection between Otto in the past and Ash and her friends in the present. At the very least, this is a fun, slasher comic packed with all the things that have made the horror sub-genre stand the test of time.
Poser #1 is currently available exclusively through Waxwork Comics.