30 November 2015 2 Comments
Author: Scott Synder, Jock (art), Matt Hollingsworth (colours)
Summary: When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient… and hungry.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5
Review: Graphic novel horror story with excellent-looking art, i wanted this book. The graphic aspect is amazing, shame about the story part.
I both liked and disliked the narrative style. The present day and flashbacks, side by side and interspersed. I liked it because it kept me guessing, kept me wondering, but unfortunately it made the story as a whole not work as well. I couldn’t sympathise or root for the characters in the present day, because i didn’t know their history; i didn’t understand them. To be quite honest, i didn’t like any of the characters. I came to like Charlie, but only right at the very end and after his full back story is revealed. I also called the “twist” very early on. For all i didn’t like any of the characters, it was pretty clear who they’d made most vague and suspicious. The plot was weak, with, again, the full extent of it only revealed at the very end… stories shouldn’t work like that. You don’t explain everything at the end, you leave pieces all the way through which then all come together at the end. It was just poor storytelling.
The art, however, is absolutely amazing. It has depth and design and mood… it has so much atmosphere and detail. It was the art that makes this book any kind of good. It carried the entire thing. It held the emotions of the story, it had the horror, the loneliness, the despair, the joy, the love. It’s all in the art, not in the words or the plot.
I would look at this book again, but i wouldn’t read it.