Written by Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Art by Riley Rossmo & Colin Lorimer
Letters by Jim Campbell
Covers by Colin Lorimer (A) & Riley Rossmo (B)
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Cursed #1 would have been a lesser comic all together if not for the tool of storytelling used by the creative team. In fact, I don’t think I would’ve liked it at all otherwise.
Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel make use of their talents to make what could have been a mediocre story fantastic. This isn’t “OH MY GOD! THEY’RE PUTTING AN ALL-NEW SPIN ON THE GENRE!,” but what they DID do was use a very unique way to tell this story. I can’t stress that the way they tell this story is SO FUN! It starts with an aftermath of sorts, and the issue ends on a huge reveal that, even though you knew was coming, really knocks you for a loop. Amidst all of that, we get some great information about what’s going on, where the story is headed, and what the purpose of this book is.
The art by Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer is very different, but very suitable for a horror comic. It’s full of close-ups that really bring out the intense beats and feel of the book, yet I would’ve liked some more traditional establishing shots that set the reader up a little better for where and when the characters in this book are. Rossmo and Lorimer have a nice page flow going, there’s really no jarring transitions from scene to scene and all over the art is great for this book. My only complaint, if you could call it that, is the coloring. There are scenes that are “lit” very poorly and it makes the art hard for the reader to make out what’s going on.
All in all, I say if you’re interested in this book in the least, then pick it up. You’re really going to enjoy it. If horror really isn’t your thing, you might want to thumb through it anyway to see if you want it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised, just like I was.