Grendel Kentucky #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on October 14, 2020

Writer: Jeff McComsey
Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
Letters: John Workman

The first issue of Grendel Kentucky was a little slow, mostly introducing us to the cast and the setting, and not in too much of a rush to get stuck into the story. This issue changes all of that, throwing readers straight into the story and embracing some of the more supernatural elements which were only teased earlier on in the series. It still feels quite early days in the story, and considering it’s only four issues long it means that it must continue to be full throttle until the series conclusion.

In a similar fashion to the first issue it continues to be filled with noise, the small details from a knocking on a door in big writing really emphasises the noise of it all, it’s a nice touch and a reminder that although comics are technically silent there’s no reason they can’t be filled with noise. Like the supernatural that was teased in the first issue the horror elements are also explored more fully here, still lurking on the edges of the story but a lot less subtly this time, with the promise that future issues will be a full on horror story. Mysteries are explored here, with the promise of being explained more in the next issue.

But it’s the quieter moments in the comic that are just as important, there are pages with either no dialogue or only the very minimum needed to tell the story, Jeff McComsey knows when to leave the storytelling up to Tommy Lee Edwards and the story is stronger for that. Edwards is a great choice for bringing the comic to life, his style helps to set the tone and bring this old fashioned town to life. And the supernatural elements, while being filled with blood and guts, also has quite a unique feel to it, the creature which is haunting them feels unique and different and readers will be excited to explore this in greater depth.

An exciting second issue which promises to race full throttle until the series conclusion, teasing readers that this will become a full-on horror series by the time it’s done. The art does a great job of capturing the tone of the comic, and the supernatural elements feel unique and well done.

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