"Touching Evil #8" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Beardo Comics
Written and illustrated by Dan Dougherty
Colored by Kanila Tripp and Dan Dougherty
2016, 32 Pages
After leaving a few corpses at her colleague Nick Terning's house, Ada Mansfield and her son are on the run. They have to find Tony Tippon before he finds them. Tony wants the power that Ada possesses. She has the ability to kill someone with a single touch, so long as they're evil. This presents a bevy of dangerous possibilities for her just interacting with the world.
Touching Evil continues at its rocket-like speed with this issue. It does not miss a beat between volume one and this chapter. It's still just as tense as ever. Although Ada gets a moment to catch her breath, she is still nowhere near being out of danger. She's facing trouble both externally and internally as the souls of the people she's killed lurk inside her mind...and they're pissed.
The scenes within this limbo are some of my favorite. When each person dies, they instantly wake up in this barren land of darkness with a small sampling of whatever was around them when they bit the big one. For example, one guy is strapped to a gurney because that's the position he was in when he took his last breath. They can go crazy in this place, as whatever happens gets reset, including their injuries. The kicker is they can still feel pain. Just imagine what some inmates are doing to their former warden. It's absolutely brutal.
Creator Dan Dougherty handles all of the artwork, including colors, in these scenes. He gives each character this glow, like they're the only light that can pierce the endless darkness around them. As more and more people show up in limbo, there's a strange collection of pieces of scenery. There's a corner here, a fireplace there, a van over there. It makes for an interesting layout, breaking up the complete nothingness.
The characters are coming to terms with the afterlife and what that means. Dougherty does a great job with their emotions as they go through the five stages of acceptance. You can see the transition from each one on their faces. Some have embraced this newfound freedom to do almost anything, while others just want to curl up and die.
There are so many questions as to what this place is, where the curse came from, and who decides who is evil. While I'm dying to find out the answers, they don't matter to the overall story, especially at this point. Ada's story pulls you in so fast that you turn every page with anticipation. Her life has been torn apart by this curse and now she's struggling to achieve some semblance of normalcy.
Touching Evil is not only one of the best independent comics you'll read, but one of the best all around. It has a riveting, pulse-pounding story and dynamite artwork to match. You'll be begging for the next chapter when you finish this one because you'll have an undying need to find out what happens next.