Book Review: The Plot, Book 1
“The past is always coming for us. The only question is how will you face it? Because make no mistake about it, the past will have its day”
The Plot is a recent horror series written by @timdanielcomics and @michaelmoreci, drawn by @joshixson, colored by Jordan Boyd, and lettered by @jimcampbell. This is book one (of two) and it collects the first five issues into one volume. It’s also part of a new line of seasonal horror comics from @thevaultcomics (the line is called Nightfall) so now I’m very much looking forward to future releases!
SUMMARY: In order to receive…first you must give. When Chase Blaine’s estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta—which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.
I LOVED this! It has all the stuff I wanted: a shocking and brutal opening, a cast of developed and sympathetic characters, an ancestral home overlooking a dangerous bog land, an ancient family trauma/curse that plagues future generations, and a whole mess of ghosts and creeps.
I also loved the motif of how the past (ghosts, memories, trauma, etc) is restless, cyclical, and always trying to pull you back. The art is bold and beautiful (scroll to see some poorly photographed examples), and this is a great example of text and images working together, creating a cycle of building suspense and shocking release. Lots of Hill House, Harrow County, Conjuring, and American Horror Story vibes. And like I said earlier, lots of creepy moments (though the beast at the center of it all is absolutely terrifying).
I’m super grateful for author @michaelmoreci for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! This book is part 1 of 2, and I’m impatiently awaiting the second half of the story!!
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️