"Fissure #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics

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Written by Tim Daniel
Illustrated by Patricio Delpeche
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 8th, 2017

Review:

With all the news of a wall along the border of Mexico, a comic like Fissure could not come at a more opportune time.  The book takes place in the small town of El Sueño, located near the Mexico / US border.  On a day like any other, a big crack opens up in the ground, literally splitting it in half.  This isn't small, like a pothole.  We're talking massive, tectonic plate moving stuff.  That's not even the weird part; That's reserved for what's in the sinkhole which is starting to crawl up to prey on the townspeople.

Fissure has a terrific pace, working to build the tension with each page turn.  The opening sequence shows similar cracks opening along the border as some folks try to make their way across.  We get a glimpse of...something down there, but it's not very clear.  My mind began to race as to what it could be.  Somehow I don't think it's the worms from Tremors.  

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After establishing that some crazy shit is going on underground, writer Tim Daniel takes time to introduce the characters, their relationships, and the town itself.  It flows naturally as you learn the ins and outs of local gossip.  The characters are very relatable and it's easy to feel for them right away.  They could be your neighbors or cousins.  

Throughout all of this, there are these subtle cracks in things like a wall or the street.  These hint at the devastation to come.  Artist Patricio Delpeche does a great job drawing attention to them, but not totally hitting you over the head with them.  They create a sense of foreboding, making you wonder if this is the place where the mysterious force will strike next.  

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When the ground does open up, it looks like it's a direct route to Hell.  You can't see the bottom and a weird light comes up from below.  It has an otherworldly hue, coming through as completely unnatural and disturbing.  It's something you'd immediately want to run as far away from as possible.  

Fissure is a slow burn that pays off in spades with a breathtaking final-page filled with intrigue and terror.  It does the due diligence of establishing the characters and making you care about them before shaking the ground beneath their feet.  You'll be dying to check out the next issue, if for nothing else than to find out what's in these holes.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

 

 

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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