Review: Colder: Toss the Bone #1

CTB1Colder: Toss the Bones #1 is a twisted, violent, and many times uncomfortable comic book. And it is all of these elements that come together to make a fantastic horror story.

The entire issue follows two men, Declan and Nimble Jack, as they attempt to define their own personal realites. After Declan’s last encounter with Simple Jack, he finds himself forced to try and understand what his life is now and who he has become. He spends much of the issue dealing with the post traumatic stress of his experience, never fully able to speak of it. Rather, he wants to move on with his life but, the fingers he has lost do not allow him to, serving as a constant reminder of the horror he has faced. This creates an interesting dichotomy between Declan and Simple Jack, as the latter is never scared to face the reality around him. Simple Jack never questions what is real and what is not. Whether he is roaming the streets of Boston, murdering civilians in multiple grotesque, but almost comical, ways, or in the Hungry World surrounded by hideous monsters, he never questions what he is seeing. He has one sole desire, and that is to feed his hunger. The fact Simple Jack is so one dimensional in his goals does create a shallow character but, writer Paul Tobin is able to turn this into a strength by making Simple Jack’s singular unbreakable purpose of feeding on people all the more terrifying. With no other motivation other than mania, he becomes a character to be feared because, there is nothing to stop him until he decides he is satisfied. The character work is fantastic and the story is constantly forcing the reader to question what is reality and what is not along side the two men. By the end, trying to piece together what is truly happening becomes an exciting thrill ride that rarely lets up.

The artwork by Juan Ferreyra only helps to increase the manic feel. The painted backgrounds create a dreamlike ambiance over the entire issue and the sections in the Hungry World are particularly impressive. The creatures that roam there are frightening and the world quickly becomes a twisted extension of Simple Jack’s mind. Although, the art does falter in certain scenes with Delcan, especially in the grocery store. The backgrounds are bland in many parts, with just a few shades of blue behind the characters. But, these panels are not abundant and take away little from the narrative.

Overall, this is a fantastically twisted comic that uses horror elements brilliantly to create a suspenseful tale absolutely worth reading.

Story: Paul Tobin Art: Juan Ferreyra
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review