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Proctor Valley Road #1 Heads Back for a Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has revealed that Proctor Valley Road #1, the first issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, have sold out at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Proctor Valley Road #1 Second Printing, featuring cover art by series artist Naomi Franquiz, will be available in stores June 2, 2021.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a Ghost Tour with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Proctor Valley Road #1 Second Printing

Get an Early Look at Proctor Valley Road #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #3, the next issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, colorist Tamra Bonvillain and letterer Jim Campbell about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #3, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on May 12, 2021.

The girls are supposed to stay out of trouble…and away from the haunted stretch of Proctor Valley Road. But a stolen police car leads to the return of the Proctor Valley Bull and more danger than anyone could imagine…

Proctor Valley Road #3 features a main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and James Harren.

Proctor Valley Road #3

Review: Proctor Valley Road #2

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


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Preview: Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

(W) Alex Child, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Naomi Franquiz
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys, but the authorities have no idea what monsters roam the Proctor Valley Road.

As the town – and even their families – closes in on the girls, August makes a choice to visit that haunted road one last time.

And even if she survives, an even greater threat may have its eyes on these four friends…

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

Get a look at Proctor Valley Road #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #2, the next issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #2, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on April 14, 2021.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys, but the authorities have no idea what monsters roam Proctor Valley Road. As the town – and even their families – closes in on the girls, August makes a choice to visit that haunted road one last time. And even if she survives, an even greater threat may have its eyes on these four friends…

Proctor Valley Road #2 features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and Dan Mora.

Proctor Valley Road #2

Review: Proctor Valley Road #1

Proctor Valley Road #1

There’s been a rise in the group ghost hunting genre. You see it on television with a smattering of shows that feel like they multiply each month and blend together. In comics, there’s been a rise as well with numerous series all giving their spin. They too tend to blend together though each has its own special something. Proctor Valley Road #1 kicks off the latest entry into the genre with a solid start that’s really good but at the same time blends in with the bunch.

Written by Grant Morrison and Alex Child Proctor Valley Road #1 takes us to the 1970s. The Vietnam War rages on and a group of girls want to see Janis Joplin in concert. To do so, they need to raise money and after various schemes don’t work out, they turn to a ghost tour that goes horribly wrong.

There’s a cinematic quality about the comic which makes sense as it’s already being adapted to television. What starts with a slight Goonies vibe turns into a series that’s more of a Stand By Me meets Fire in the Sky with a little IT sense about it.

It’s a good start with each character showing off unique and memorable personalities that make you like them all. Morrison and Child plant the story squarely in the time period with uncomfortable discussions over the war and language, though accurate, will (hopefully) make readers wince. Despite the fantastical nature of the story, this detail helps ground it in some ways. There’s also an interesting use of the war as to what happens in the comic. Again, it’s a detail that adds depth and realism to the story and series.

Naomi Franquiz handles the art delivering a lot of that personality helping to bring the characters alive. Along with colors by Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Jim Campbell, the visuals of the comic are smart teasing the horror and building the tension. There’s something really well done with how the story is crafted visually. There’s a good use of visually building tension, whether it’s the confrontation at the fair or the events at the end. All of it never goes over the top either. The “scares” and unease are just enough to get you to come back and want to see more. The comic could have easily gone the gore route but it uses a smart build like that of IT or The Blair Witch Project to keep readers on edge as to what might happen.

Proctor Valley Road #1 is a well done comic. It unfortunately has a lot of similar comics out right now and they’re all well done. It’ll be interesting to see how this one differentiates itself from the pack. The use of the Vietnam War is one way that’s happening grounding the story and infusing real world events to make readers question what might have happened.

Story: Grant Morrison, Alex Child 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


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Preview: Proctor Valley Road #1

Proctor Valley Road #1

(W) Alex Child, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Naomi Franquiz
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Perfect for fans of Paper Girls and Die, visionary writer Grant Morrison (Klaus), Alex Child (BBC’s Holby City) and Naomi Franquiz (Tales from Harrow County) present a chilling new horror series about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams.

When their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students… before the town tears them limb from limb.

Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road… along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Proctor Valley Road #1

Stare into the Face of Evil in Proctor Valley Road #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #1, kicking off a star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #1, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on March 3, 2021.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a Ghost Tour with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Proctor Valley Road #1 features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and Peach Momoko.

Proctor Valley Road #1

Take a Trip Down Proctor Valley Road with Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain

BOOM! Studios has announced Proctor Valley Road #1, kicking off a star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain (Once & Future) about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road, developed in partnership with NBCUniversal, debuts in comic shops on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. NBCUniversal’s UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, will also adapt the series for television and will shop the adaptation to networks and streaming platforms.

August, Rylee, Cora, and Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Proctor Valley Road #1 is for mature readers and features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and Peach Momoko.

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