Review: Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1 is a fascinating comic. The debut has you fully engaged and expecting one genre then eventually pulls the rug out from under you.

Written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Manor Black #1 feels like a traditional slasher film. A group of teens(ish) are on the run away from someone. Then that someone appears like so many classic horror films. But from there, expectations are shattered as the debut issue morphs.

Within is a comic that has elements of horror, fantasy, crime, and even superhero to some extent. Bunn and Hurtt have created a comic that defies expectations and transcends genres.

To say more would give away the twists and turns. The perfect pacing to it will suck you in as the issue morphs from expectations.

The art by Tyler Crook, who co-created the series with Bunn and Hurtt, is solid. The style fits the morphing genres quite well making it all flow nicely. Crook’s style has a dramatic feel to it. It plays off the beats we’ve seen before in particular scenes but doing so with a flair and style that makes it all stand out. Character designs and details get more and more interesting as the issue progresses building on the mystery within.

I have no idea where Manor Black is going after this first issue. I expected a horror series but this is so much more delivering a unique comic that stands out from the pack. The trio of creators have another solid release here showing off the talent we’ve come to expect from all of them. Even with high expectations that not met them but blew past them in every way.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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