Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1
Eons ago, visitors from outer space buried an item of unimaginable power in the primordial swamps that would one day become King Lake—a quaint little basin on the edge of Whisper, USA. Millions of years later, a comet’s radioactive waves awaken the monster slumbering beneath the lake. As the beast feeds on America’s sweet, delicious youth, brain-slugs infect the quiet town, causing victims to vomit up their kill-hungry, zombified skeletons. But for seventeen-year-old Jarrod Parker, none of that stuff matters much. For him, this isn’t about the Apocalypse. It’s about payback. Nothing—not his friends, not the undead, not even the end of the world—will keep him from vengeance.
Vault continues to prove themselves as one of the most prominent voices in horror comics today with Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1, a book that pulls out all the stops in delivering one truly terrifying tale that all started from outer space.
To say it simply, this is a great book. The success of the first issue is predicated on two separate aspects including the diverse and dynamic characterizations and also the haunting scares that start to build up as the issue reaches its end. While it kicks off with quite a bang, the story does take a few pages to come together in order to start bringing in the true horror. Once it hits though, it really is terrifying.
The disgusting blob monster with its deadly tentacles is meant to provide the big shock factor for the first issue, but there was something else that was downright chilling. In one of the scarier moments in comics I’ve read recently, one of the girls in the group of kids touches what looks like a slug and it immediately forces its way into her mouth and down her throat. What happens afterwards will be with me in my nightmares long after reading this book.
That’s what you want out of a horror comic though, right?
This type of storytelling works really well for the horror genre, but it needs powerful visuals. Luckily, this creative delivers brilliant artwork from the moment the book begins to the very last page. The characters pull you into their fear with their expressions and the monsters are just so gross. Vault isn’t usually one to slack on their artwork, but this comic is unexpectedly beautiful. There is a classic aesthetic that captures vintage creature features, but there is also a unique twist on it.
Ultimately, Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1 is yet another thrilling horror from Vault Comics. It’s actually difficult to find many complaints outside of the middle of the issue being a bit longer than it might have needed to be. This is one that you will definitely want to read late at night because it is actually SCARY!
Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1 is yet another thrilling horror from Vault Comics, delivering a story that expertly captures vintage terror with some truly wicked artwork.
Cult Classic: Creature Feature #1: Stay Tuned and Stay Alive
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9.5/109.5/10
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