By Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra and Eduardo Ferreyra
The horror comic genre has been in a bit of a slump in past years. While there have been some decent entries from time to time, there hasn’t really been a stand out. Colder came around a couple of years ago and was very well received from critics and fans alike. Tobin is revisiting the characters again in Colder: The Bad Seed as he tries to outdo the craziness of the first series.
One of the things that stand out this issue more than the first is the appreciation for a good villain. Paul Tobin Makes Swivel a complex character in many ways. As reader’s we’re still questioning his motives, and we’re also curious as to why he picks certain fingers over others. He doesn’t come off as a terribly bad guy just yet, (aside from stealing peoples fingers), which makes him even more likable. He is very ruthless in whatever his quest is, but we just don’t know why yet. Reece also get some development in this issue as well. Tobin continues to build her up into strong female character as she attempts to take on Swivel. Paul continues to craft this eerie tale that does a nice job of making the reader think about where it will go next.
The artistic duties are done by Juan Ferreyra with Eduardo Ferreyra helping with the colors when needed. One of the best things about this issue is the way the art seems to go perfectly with the story telling. Ferreyra draws Swivel well and the details on all the fingers only add to the great job. While there were a couple of off panels here and there, it will hardly be recognizable with all the goodness that oozes out of these pages. Ferreyra’s artwork reaches its zenith as Reece and Swivel venture into the crazy world again. The scenery alone on that page is awesome and the moody colors make it even better. This was a better drawn issue then the first and it shows that Juan has really hit his groove.
As the series progresses it becomes better and better. Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra are a dynamic team that turn out high quality work. The superb characterization and the eerie visuals make this a must read for horror fans.