By Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, Riley Rossmo & Colin Lorimer

The full effect of the curse draws closer for Laney Griffin. As he continues to keep the stranger tied up in his basement, the man chronicles his past with what will surely be Laney’s bleak future. Meanwhile, Sheriff Nora receives a revealing piece of evidence…

This issue may not have a lot “action”, but it continues to build the unease and tension in the story, which is exactly what it should do. It was very refreshing to have the stranger’s past revealed early on, instead of waiting until the denouement of the book. Also, the wild card character is introduced, so new conflict is brought in to keep the narrative taught. This comic is just a great example of strong storytelling.

The artwork continues to captivate! Artists Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer carry on truly capturing the emotional intensity of the characters. One panel in particular stands out: when Laney receives news from the doctor about his son. The panel is half a page and just shows half his face; it only fills up half of the panel and the rest is just the empty background. A deep sense of isolation and despair is conveyed in Laney’s face and the image composition…just brilliant. Also, the inking and coloring are just perfect. They suit the tone and mood of the book…perfectly setting the eerie atmosphere. The motif of having the flashbacks done in gritty sketches works very well and brings diversity in the pages. I can’t praise the work enough.

Curse #2 maintains this riveting story with superb imagery. This is a must buy!


About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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