Monday, August 15, 2011

What Lurks in the Longbox? #10

Vincent Price Presents #16 from Bluewater Comics
Written by Nick Lyons, with art by Juan Tomajok and Kamui Oscuro 
Vincent Price Presents is an anthology series that began under a 2008 agreement made with the estate and daughter of the late actor.  As the narrator, Price introduces the theme of each issue (fear in this case), making appearances at both the beginning and ending of the story, similar to the roles played by early television hosts like Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone

This issue features the story of a widow named Emily who tries to put her life back together after losing her husband to a psychotic killer known as “Soulless Sam.”  Besides raising her son alone, Emily’s life is further complicated by her struggle to make ends meet, nightmare flashbacks of her husband’s murder, and the well-intentioned advances of a local shoemaker.  Despite her efforts to put the past behind her, Emily is eventually forced to confront the source of her fear. 

Lyons’ story is simple but effective, and fits well with a “done-in-one” title such as this one.  Tomajok’s art has a rough edge that coincides perfectly with the old west environment, and it blends well with Kamui Oscuro’s brilliant colors. 

To the best of my knowledge, there have been a couple collected editions of the series, including an Omnibus, but you may have to contact a few shops before finding one.  I have also seen individual back issues at conventions, usually at reasonable prices. 

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