Thanks to Dark Horse for the review copy!
FEAR CASE is one of those comics that worms into your brain. The issue starts out pretty normally, with two guys at a diner talking about coffee. Then things get stranger as we are introduced to the titular case, which can refer to the investigation or the actual physical box at the center of the mystery. As we dig deeper into the case, things get more bizarre … and more interesting.
The central mystery of FEAR CASE is filled with enough pseudo history to be believable, and yet fantastic enough to result in something original. The title peels back the big mystery with some old fashioned police (in this case, secret service) work – interviewing suspects and following leads. While the plot and mystery are gripping, I did have some difficulty telling the main characters apart due to the somewhat hazy art style, which feels like it was colored in watercolor or perhaps colored pencils. However, this can be complementary to the plot, as it serves to keep the reader off balance. Aside from my occasional difficulty distinguishing the two main characters, the panels do a great job of depicting the action, often using some interesting panel shapes.
It will be interesting to see how much this series delves into the mythology of the case and whether our two main characters can solve it. FEAR CASE has some pretty graphic violent imagery to go along with its impressionistic art style, so I recommend this title for adults. If you like conspiracy thrillers with a supernatural twist, this title is definitely is worth a read.
FEAR CASE #1 comes out on February 3rd, 2021.
Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on the second issue of this “horrific detective series” from Dark Horse Comics.
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