HOLLOWED #1 review – A Series of Murders (Bowker, Johnson, DFAT Comics)

Review by Ali Raphael

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Written by Casey Bowker Art by Darius Q Johnson

Thanks to DFAT Comics for the review copy!

Finally getting time during all this lockdown business to do some reading, yay!

Anyways, it was difficult to get into the story of HOLLOWED. First, with the uninspiring artwork, that causes confusion. One, because the story starts following a guy smoking (he’s a detective) going up in an elevator to a crime scene, but as he is going up we see a side panel of a room full of bloodshed. Which makes you think it’s the guy having a flashback, but when in reality it’s the crime scene he is on his way to see. Apparently, there has been a series of murders called the Hollower’s murders. The people murdered have had all their insides torn out and their faces have big smiles too (I’m talking real smiles with teeth showing). It’s pretty gruesome, and the only clue they find is a match book (ugh, so common in any criminal dramas and now criminal comics), from a club in Buffalo called “Area 51”. 

We then see a young man in Buffalo getting ready for the day, and surprise! He’s a cop too. Later that same day he responds to a B and E (breaking and entering) and right when he gets there, a person falls to the pavement from high up in the building. He gets to the top floor and encounters a man, who he fights and who is most likely the Hollower murder (although the cop does not know this). The suspected Hollower murderer beats up the cop and takes off, and our cop won’t give up and gives chase. As the cop makes it to the ground floor another cop shows up to give him help, which is also his partner. This cop partner shoots the “Hollower suspect” and instead of red blood oozing out, it’s green. He then calls for more backup and for help for the cop who gave chase before, because once again he got his butt whipped (not literally). This Hollower guy catches this cop off guard and slits his throat, killing him and running away and leaving the other cop-who we started off with, knocked out on the ground (and of course some of his green blood behind). 

I’m going to be honest with you all, I am so lost right now in this story plot. But, at the same time I still have some questions that are driving me nuts and would really like to know. Though, the art for this comic isn’t ideal, I think I’ll try one more issue of this one just to see if I can figure out some more answers to all my questions. 

HOLLOWED #1 is now available, and the Kickstarter for the first 2 issues is now running.


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