Colder: The Bad Seed #1
By Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra and Eduardo Ferreyra
Colder was a mini-series that came out a couple of years ago from Dark Horse comics. The mini was pretty well received and Paul Tobin was praised for his writing. Here we are two years later and we are treated to a sequel of sorts, Colder: The Bad Seed. Surely whatever is waiting for Declan and Reece can’t be worse than Nimble Jack.
There is a lot to like in this introductory issue from Paul Tobin, but the first few pages of the issue seem too fast. We are shown time moving forward, but it doesn’t read that great. After that though, the rest of the book is great. We meet a deranged creature named Swivel who seems to like fingers. Tobin gives a glimpse into the creepiness of this character, but leaves his motivations open. Swivel also seems to have a history with Declan as we see later in the book. Unlike the first mini-series, Swivel does not keep his identity much of a secret as he makes a large scene in a part of the city. Paul Tobin is doing a very good job of piquing interest with this issue. This could very well be better than its predecessor.
The art duties this issue are handled by Juan Ferreyra, he does some of the coloring as well, but he is helped by Eduardo Ferreyra. Juan does a wonderful job here as he bring some realistic looking art to a book that focuses on the unbelievable. When we first meet Swivel, Ferreyra does an awesome job showing focus on random town folk’s fingers. This may not be caught upon first reading, but if you look at it again, it looks great. Ferreyra’s art is a great compliment to the issue and enhances the enjoyment of the read.
Colder: The Bad Seed is off to a great start so far. Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra craft a very entertaining introductory issue that should keep you interested for the next installment. Tobin usually delivers on his books, so this should be another good mini-series from Dark Horse.