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The Creep #1

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The first issue briefly introduces us to a character who seems to be gradually losing his mind.

The Good

A really good first issue of a comic book is one that introduces the reader to the character, gives us a brief idea of their situation but leaves us with a lot more questions than when we started out with. That is exactly what the first issue of THE CREEP does. It's clear that the series' central character, Oxel, is battling a lot of different demons. He seems to have hit rock bottom based on the bottle of alcohol he keeps by his bed and the woman who barely knows anything about him by the bed with him. It's clear that the character is tormented; struggling to come to terms with the decisions he has made in his life. He is also mourning. And although the reader doesn't actually get all the details behind the character, what makes him tick, and the situation he is struggling to get through, it's clear he is in a lot of emotional (and physical) pain.

There is one scene in particular that left me with a lot of questions. In it we see what appears to be a homeless man pushing a shopping cart who has a vision of a young boy that seems to be at the center of the plot of this story. Who is this man? Why is he imagining this boy? What is their relationship? Reading through the first issue, don't be surprised if you find yourself with a lot of questions and not a whole lot of answers.

John Arcudi creates an organized script and definitely knows how to convey a character with a very tortured soul. It's sad, poignant and you can really sense the character's pain in this first issue. There's a real sense of loneliness and despair that hangs heavy over this first issue; and while that may not sound appealing to a lot of people, it's still a decent opening of a story.

The Bad

Nothing bad here.

The Verdict

I really liked the art in this issue. It's organized, just like the script, and it is really well done. It focuses in on the expressions of different characters at the right moments. For example, the scene where Oxel's friend hands him a bottle of pills and the focus moves to both the men's faces is fantastic. It really captures the torment that Oxel experiences. Does he take the pills or doesn't he? Another moment where he is being hounded by a group of young men, we see Oxel's blank stare. This one image can be interpreted in so many different ways. I think the art is great, but the layout is really what makes it powerful. The choice in colors are these somber shades of grey that are really appropriate in telling this sad story. Great layout construction, really nice dialogue and a perfect set up for this series. I was left with a lot of questions and I am definitely looking forward to the next issue.

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slvr4surfer

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Nothing bad is always a pleasant thing to read in a review. :D

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Edited By carnivalofsins00

Did you read issue #0? That will answer your question as to who the old homeless man is.

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Sara did you read issue 0? Isn't the homeless dude in there?

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@Mucklefluga said:

Sara did you read issue 0? Isn't the homeless dude in there?

@carnivalofsins00 said:

Did you read issue #0? That will answer your question as to who the old homeless man is.

I didn't have the chance. I'll definitely go back and read it later today. :)

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Good review

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is this a limited issue book?

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@Babs: Issue #0 felt more like a first issue than a 0 issue, but it was great.

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Yup it is! However I have no clue how many issues it's gonna have. Anyone know?

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From what I read, it will be 4 issues long. So, 3 more to go.

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This book seems so cool!

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what makes this book not boring? that sounds really sarcastic, but im being sincere.

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@Babs: I loved it, it was super great!