The Bayou Never Lets Go – It Eats What Feeds It
It Eats What Feeds It
Writer: Max Hoven and Aaron Crow
Artist: Gabriel Lumazark
Publisher: Scout Comics
It Eats What Feeds It is a brand new
horror story from Scout Comics. I was lucky enough to get to review
advanced copies of all three issues of this mini-series, so I can say
with confidence that this comic is sixty-five pages of creepy fun.
After answering a help wanted ad, Kenny goes to work as the caretaker
of a mansion in the swamps of Louisiana. His employer, and seemingly
the mansion's only resident, is the mysterious and seductive
Francois. For Kenny, it's a dream job and he quickly settles in to
his new position. The only thing that troubles him is the strange
locked door he's not allowed to ask about or open.
The inks are lighter and the colors more subdued, but the style of illustration reminded me of 90s animation, and not solely because Kenny looks like a grown up version of the kid from The Pagemaster. There's also some stylings reminiscent of the visual tropes common to manga. This mix of styles gives the comic a unique look. Every panel is colored with a spooky overlay, giving the reader the impression that the gases and fog from the surrounding bayou has permeated the house. Even with the murky overlay, Lumazark pays close attention to shading and shadow in regard to the source of light in each panel. This consideration of where light is coming from in a panel makes the scenes set in darkness all the creepier. These effects come together in such a way that the foreboding mansion almost becomes a character of its own.
I wouldn't go so far as to call It Eat
What Feeds It a true Gothic story, but it has some of the key
elements. Isolated house, hints at the supernatural, and an erotic
yet romantic undercurrent to the story. The plot has a familiar
premise, but it unfolds in such a way that the reader is instantly
drawn in. Thanks to the atmospheric artwork and setting, even the
most innocuous events in the story are given a sinister air. The
story has good pacing, but I wish it were longer. There were several
scenes that would have, if they had been longer or drawn out over
more pages, increased the overall level of suspense. At the end of
the day though, the story is very entertaining just as it is
It Eat What Feed It is an awesome short horror story, presented in a graphic format. The plot is familiar but the storyline feels original. The comic grabs the reader's attention on the first page and doesn't let go until the very end. The artwork is gorgeous, and expansive enough to make every setting feel both spooky and realistic. The art and the story combine in such a way that the mansion almost becomes the third main character, making Kenny and Francois' interactions within all the more thrilling. Horror fans will really enjoy It Eat What Feeds It. The first issue releases to shops on July 15th, or it can be purchased directly from Scout.
Story: 5 / 5
Art: 5 / 5
OVERALL: 5 / 5