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Review: Fear Case #1

Fear Case #1
Fear Case #1, cover by Duncan Fegredo

Matt Kindt and Tyler and Hilary Jenkins are tapping into some True Detective vibes with Fear Case, the team’s new fantasy horror book for Dark Horse. To tie it only to that show, though, does a disservice to the range of ideas unleashed on this story. There’s a dark fantasy undercurrent to the plot that looks like it will grab hold as the comic progresses and there’s a Philip K. Dick reference in there that provides a big hint as to what’s coming. What’s certain is that this story has the potential to be among many ‘best of’ lists come year’s end.

Fear Case #1 focus on two Secret Service agents, one a New Age enthusiast with a love for speculative fiction (called Winters) and the other a more old-school agent that’s not keen on entertaining fantasies (called Mitchum). They’re on the last three weeks of a mysterious case assigned to them concerning a strange box that’s been seen in some of the world’s most enigmatic tragedies. It’s a case that’s eluded many other agents, driven some to madness even. It’s because of this that those who get the case have a one-year deadline to solve it, if they withstand it.

The setup is clean, enticing, and beautifully presented without really getting bogged down by insider shop talk, which tends to make reading procedurals and detective stories a bit cumbersome sometimes. Kindt’s dialogue smoothly transitions from light exposition to character development and it does look like one won’t overpower the other, something that tends to hound True Detective.

Tyler and Hilary’s art, an illustrator and colorist combo, keeps the tone dark and heavy but not to the point of making the book feel like a walk through hell to get at its mysteries. Their approach to tone is not meant to oppress the reader rather than to offer a counterbalance to Kindt’s lively and quick dialogue. They play off of each other nicely. It shows how synchronized this creative team is on this book.

Fear Case
Fear Case #1

The mystery behind the fear case has an air of conspiracy theory behind it, making the interaction between Winters and Mitchum unravel as a clash of worldviews. Winters indulges the more mystic elements of the case while Mitchum is willing to go beyond his comfort zone but only within reason. It’s a refreshing state of affairs that thankfully doesn’t result in the two characters sniping at each other from opposite extremes. They prefer the grey area, perhaps alluding to the possibility no clear answer will come from the case and that a lot will be left up to interpretation.

There’s enough in Fear Case’s first issue to justify following the series at a monthly basis. This is the kind of comic one desperately wants to continue reading once an issue is done. It just comes off as a very good pilot episode for a TV series, like the first episodes for Fringe and The X-Files. Much like those shows, Fear Case hooks you in immediately and I doubt you’ll put up much of a struggle given how good it is.

Script: Matt Kindt Art: Tyler Jenkins Color: Hilary Jenkins
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy and brush up on your Philip K. Dick

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins’ Fear Case #1 Sells Out Ahead of Release and Gets a Second Printing

The series debut of the anticipated horror comic Fear Case by writer Matt Kindt, artist Tyler Jenkins, and colorist Hilary Jenkins has sold out at the distributor level ahead of its February 3, 2021, on-sale date. Dark Horse Comics has tapped the critically acclaimed Andrea Sorrentino to provide a new cover for the issue’s second printing.       

Described as “True Detective” meets “The Ring”, Fear Case marks Matt Kindt’s first foray into the horror genre.

Fear Case #1, out on February 3, 2021, features a standard cover by Tyler Jenkins and variant covers by Francesco Francavilla and Duncan Fegredo. Dark Horse Comics will publish the second printing variant of issue 1, featuring an all-new cover by Andrea Sorrentino, on February 10th, 2020.

Fear Case #1

Preview: King of Nowhere

King of Nowhere

(W) Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $19.99

  • Critically acclaimed creators W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings), and Hilary Jenkins (Black Badge) present an unforgettable thriller that explores the miraculous, the mundane, and all the mysteries in between.
  • In the wastelands of California, a lovable drunk named Denis awakens on the outskirts of an odd little village called Nowhere, home to a friendly populace of deformed, mutated, and just-left-of-normal citizens. Not knowing where he is or how he got there (or if the town is even real), Denis acquaints himself with the townsfolk-but just when he starts to regain his memories, his past catches up with him…
  • Collects King of Nowhere #1-5.
King of Nowhere

Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins Strike Fear and Intrigue with Fear Case

From the minds of Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins comes Fear Case, a new, horrific detective series. The Eisner-award nominated team behind Grass Kings is teaming up once again, this time to strike fear—and intrigue—into the hearts of readers.

It is True Detective meets The Ring in Fear Case, as a no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his partner investigate a mysterious box known only as the “Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence. 

Fear Case #1 (of four) will be in comic shops on February 3, 2021.

Fear Case

Preview: King of Nowhere #5 (of 5)

King of Nowhere #5 (of 5)

(W) Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After the shocking events of the last issue, Denis is forced to come to terms with the truth of his own past-and the enemies he made along the way. It all comes down to this, as citizens of Nowhere are forced to choose sides in a duel that could save, or destroy, the sanctity of their town.

King of Nowhere #5 (of 5)

Preview: King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)

King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)

(W) W. Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

As Denis digs deeper into the secrets of Nowhere, he only finds more questions – about the strange town, and about his own history. When he meets a man in full hazmat gear, Denis finally learns the truth about what brought him to Nowhere.

King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)

Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins’ Snow Blind Heads to Apple Studios Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Snow Blind
Snow Blind #1 retailer incentive cover by Matt Taylor

The 2016 comic series Snow Blind has been snatched up by Apple Studios after a six-way bidding war. The film is based on the comic series by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins and published by BOOM! Studios. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star and Gustav Möller will make his English language directing debut. The script is being written by Patrick Ness.

The first issue of the comic series was released in December 2015 and ran for four issues.

High school teen Teddy has never seen eye-to-eye with his dad, but he never suspected that he might not be the man he thought he was. His life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb turns upside-down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad online that quickly goes viral, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. But what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?

Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker are producing with BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Adam Yoelin and Noah Stahl will be exec producers. Mette Norkjaer is co-producing.

(via Deadline)

Preview: King of Nowhere #3 (of 5)

King of Nowhere #3 (of 5)

(W) Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Denis may have been mostly accepted by the strange citizens of Nowhere, but he’s not the only stranger wreaking havoc in town. When Denis gets enlisted to help with the investigation, his time in Nowhere is about to get weirder than he could ever imagine.

King of Nowhere #3 (of 5)

Preview: King of Nowhere #2 (of 5)

King of Nowhere #2 (of 5)

(W) Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: May 27, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Now an honorary citizen of Nowhere, Denis joins one of the locals on a doomed-to-fail money-making scheme at the outskirts of town, while John Doe’s mysterious killer continues to leave bodies in his wake…

King of Nowhere #2 (of 5)

Get a First Look at King of Nowhere #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at King of Nowhere #2, the latest issue of an all-new original five-issue series from acclaimed writer W. Maxwell Prince, artist Tyler Jenkins, colorist Hilary Jenkins, and letterer AndWorld Design, an unforgettable thriller that explores the miraculous, the mundane, and all the mysteries in between.

Now an honorary citizen of Nowhere, Denis joins one of the locals on a doomed-to-fail money-making scheme at the outskirts of town, while John Doe’s mysterious killer continues to leave bodies in his wake…

King of Nowhere #2
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