"Poser #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Waxwork Comics
Written by Matt Miner
Illustrated by Clay McCormack
Colored by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 3rd, 2018
Redondo Beach has been rocked by the sudden and shocking death of a young woman named Maddy. Her friends are trying to move on, but can't quite come to grips with what they've just witnessed. Could the urban legend of the Poser killer be true? Even worse, could this masked murderer be coming for one of them next?
Poser #2 takes some time to further develop the characters. We get more than your cheesy stereotypes that you might get from a typical slasher story. Sure, most of these co-eds are going to be horrifically murdered over the course of this series, but you get to know them a little bit before that happens. More importantly, we see the tension between them as we start to make some guesses as to who might be behind the Poser mask. At this point I have absolutely no idea and I'm riveted.
Just when you think Poser is going to take a break from the scares for this sophomore issue, the killer pops up and unleashes a bloody path of carnage in broad daylight. It's a terrific page turn reveal that artist Clay McCormack totally nails. This is the unpredictable nature of the story.
As a group of people run away in fear from the killer, one unlucky soul hides, hoping he'll be missed. This leads to an incredible kill that will leave your jaw on the floor. McCormack draws this in such exquisite detail that you will definitely cringe. It's an angle that you can probably only do in comics. If you tried to do this in film or TV, it wouldn't work the same way.
In speaking to writer Matt Miner at New York Comic Con about Poser and this scene in particular, he confirmed that he wrote that specific detail. Miner has a talent for gruesome, out-of-the-box as seen in some of his previous work like Toe Tag Riot and Gwar: Orgasmageddon. Poser is no different and it is glorious.
Putting this scene over the edge is the sickening “KRNCH” sound that pops up on the page as the knife goes in, followed by the single word spoken by the killer. It adds so much to the tension of the sequence and how cold the murderer is. Letterer Taylor Esposito does a great job here, subtly manipulating the reader with these added touches.
There's a grit to McCormack's artwork and how Redondo Beach is depicted. It's not all bright and shiny, particularly in the evening scenes. Sure, the water is right there, but it's not California Dreams, you know? Colorist Doug Garbark uses a palette that complements this feeling well. The softer shades amplify the more violent scenes. When the blood starts flowing, it really pops off the page.
Poser does not miss a beat with its second issue. It's a solid slasher story that is sure to delight any fans of the genre. The added mystery as to who is behind the mask takes the horror to new heights. Each page turn gets bloodier and I can't wait to see where it goes next.