The Girl in the Bay #1 Review

by Nathan Koffler on February 06, 2019

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: James Devlin
Letterer: Clem Robins
Publisher: Berger Books

As soon as I began this debut issue, I was sucked in to the story. The issue immediately opens up to a beautiful and ominous introduction that left me so curious about what I was getting into. As the issue then opens up in 1969, the setting and tone portrays that time period so well. The issue then goes on to have so many different little scenes that are all engaging and alluring.

I could break down each scene and explain to you how gorgeous they all are, but I think it is best you take my word for it and pick up a copy of the issue and see it for yourself. J.M. DeMatteis loads this issue with so much story and adds so many smaller details that really make the story flow. It isn’t often that twenty-something pages can make me feel like I’ve truly gone on a journey, but DeMatteis achieves this.

This first issue wouldn’t be as incredible without Corin Howell’s artwork and James Devlin’s colors. There are so many panels within this issue that are dazzling and expansive. The rest of the issue is dramatic and thrilling and we get to experience those emotions with Howell’s artwork. She also manages to illustrate the different time periods and different areas impressively enough that you never have to guess which part of the story DeMatteis has you in.

The Girl in the Bay makes its mark by emulating an almost Twilight Zone situation and creating enough character development and enough story that they are able to extend the story among several issues. I am beyond excited to get my hands on more of this series because this debut issue has done its job well by establishing a riveting story.

Dark Horse’s imprint Berger Books has become a home for unique comic books and The Girl in the Bay is it’s newest family member. Its debut issue packs a heavy bundle of emotion and suspense that will surely captivate you.

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