By Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, & Mauricio Wallace
Beyond Belief is based on a segment from the stage production/podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Luckily, one doesn’t have to be familiar with this show to enjoy/appreciate this comic. Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and the rest of the creative team make the material so engrossing and readily accessible…just a breath of fresh air.
Image is no stranger to ghostly stories, but Beyond Belief is very light-hearted and witty. The dialog between the main characters, Sadie and Frank Doyle, is so sharp that one will just fall in love with them. Acker and Blacker tread familiar ghostbustin’ tales, but how they depict Frank and Sadie will make readers forget that and just lose themselves in the journey.
Despite the comedic nature of the title, the artwork definitely conveys the dread of the phantasmic encounters. Phil Hester’s designs are very eerie and such a fantastic contrast to the writing. Eric Gapstur, Ande Parks, and Mauricio Wallace take the pencils and run with them. The artwork has the darkness and shadows that need to be present for the genre. The mash-up of humor and horror works so well, when done right.This comic lives up to that.
This book was just an absolute surprise and definitely one that should be picked up this week. Also, they have a backup story that is basically a second issue, so readers get more bang for their buck. Beyond Belief is a creepily fun comic and worth the price…absolute no brainer!