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ABYSSAL ALBION #1 review – Stay Out of the Woods (Campbell, Lowden, Callahan, Reynolds)

Thanks to Thomas J. Campbell for the review copy!

There’s a subgenre of literature that has been built up around H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, which he created all the way back in 1928. I’m sure there’s a more scholarly way to describe this, but I’ve identified the hallmarks as an Octopus/squid headed, tentacled monster, cultists, and made up words that sound creepy while fitting in with the aforementioned cultists. ABYSSAL ALBION fits right in with the genre, but is it any good?

The first issue drops us right in the middle of the action, with a nice looking woman and child walking through the woods. We don’t know what they are doing there, but it doesn’t take long before things go south.What follows is a fairly tight horror story that hits most of the requisite Cthulhu beats.

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the book is it is in black and white. The style (and color choice) remind me a lot of The Walking Dead. Surprisingly, I liked the lack of color, as it adds an appropriate atmosphere to the story. It also forces the reader to appreciate the detailed line-work and excellent use of shadowing in the art.

ABYSSAL ALBION manages to tell a fairly self contained story, while hinting at a much wider world. There are literally tons of questions I was left with, leaving plenty of areas to explore in future issues. The story itself is pretty straightforward for the genre, but its strength is in the dialogue, which makes the characters feel more realistic and establishes the relationships between them.  The key to a scary story is caring about what happens to the characters, and ABYSSAL ALBION pulls this off in a few short pages.

As can be expected, a story in the horror genre deserves some parental discretion. There is cursing and some violence as well as some scary imagery that skews this title towards older readers.

ABYSSAL ALBION #1 is now available.

Are you going to pick up this issue? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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