Review: Proctor Valley Road #2
The first issue of Proctor Valley Road I was a bit mixed on. There was a lot I liked but also it felt like so many other comics out there. Proctor Valley Road #2 delivers enough to get the series to now stand out from the pack with details that make this an intriguing series. August, Rylee, Cora, and Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys. The theory is the boys headed across the border to escape the draft for Vietnam.
Alex Child and Grant Morrison have crafted a series that’s an interesting one. Proctor Valley Road #2 really emphasizes that with its infusion of real history and the popular “group takes on ghosts” genre that’s currently seeing a lot of releases. Set in any other time period and the series would simply have the girls be murder suspects. By setting it during the Vietnam War, the girls’ patriotism is questioned resulting in an intriguing ripple of reactions from their families. It’s a nice detail that really adds to the series and makes it a bit different than similar stories.
There’s also a lot of mystery thrown into the mix. The elements feel a bit Blair Witch 2 in numerous ways but it’s done so in a way the reader will drop “wtf” multiple times. There are also moments I swear were the end of the issue. They’d have been perfect to end with leaving a solid cliffhanger, and again the “wtf”. But, that’s not the case creating a comic with a bit of a different beat to it as far as the actual deliver of the story.
Naomi Franquiz‘s art is interesting. It’d be so easy to deliver a dark, brooding, and downright scary, version of this series. Franquiz’s style is much more in the line of BOOM! Studios‘ “style” that’s become so prevalent with the publisher. Along with color by Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Jim Campbell the visuals of the series does a good job of balancing that fun, light-hearted style and the horror aspects. It’s an interesting style for the story and in some ways it emphasizes the “wtf” of it all. A darker style and look, the comic would be downright scary but as presented you linger on the page wondering what the hell is happening.
Proctor Valley Road #2 is a solid second issue. It takes the ideas started in the debut and ramps them up a bit. The time period is more of a factor. The small town aspect too comes into play a bit more. It’s all small details that really adds to he series and makes it much more interesting. The seeds laid out to start are really paying off and has me clamoring to find out what happens next.
Story: Alex Child, Grant Morrison Art: Naomi Franquiz
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review