Review: Black Eyed Kids #3

black eyed kids #3Meredith kidnapped by the BEK. Jim and Lara uncover a confusing connection to the past. A police officer makes a gruesome discovery. The BEK gas station shooter’s plan begins to unfold.

Aftershock Comics has been impressing me with their line up of series that span genres and give you the chance to check out a little bit of everything. Black Eyed Kids falls clearly in the horror camp as the series has built upon the mystery at the center of it all.

Writer Joe Pruett has built a horror series on top of a thriller where the mythology is teased bit by bit. We learn as the kidnapped writer Meredith learns, and that’s not a whole lot. At the same time other characters take action on the little information they know, which is about what we the readers know as well. In other words, this is one of the few stories where the reader is as in the dark as the characters, allowing us to relate more to the situations they’re going through.

And it’s uneasy, very uneasy. Humans are referred to as cattle, bodies pile up, people are slaughtered, all due to some mysterious force. Pruett hooks the reader by not revealing too much.

Pruett is helped by artist Szymon Kudranski whose style adds to the atmosphere, something he’s mastered during his work on Spawn. The shadows add to the vibe and the black eyed kids are downright creepy as all hell. Yet, through all of that, the world presented feels very real and somewhat mundane, adding to the experience.

I’m not a big horror fan, yet this series has me hooked. Aftershock is delivering with each series and issue, and this is no exception. A must for those who enjoy horror.

Story: Joe Pruett Art: Szymon Kudranski
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read