Pencilneck #1 – Review

Posted on August 15, 2009


Issue : Pencilneck #1
Writer :
Victor Carungi
Artist / Greytones: Jeff Blascyk
Release Date: 2006
Pages: 28
Price: $3.50

“Jonathan Kincaid is a mild mannered banker with an undiscovered violent streak and has spent the last 22 years of his life punishing himself for the incarceration of this twin brother, Jeffery. In those years he’s repressed even the tiniest feelings of anger which has turned him into a weak-willed pencilneck of a bank manager.

All of that changes when three mobsters crash into Jonathan’s life and offer a trade – the life of his debtor brother in exchange for helping them rob his bank. Jonathan is left with a choice – save the brother he hasn’t seen in years or do nothing and watch him die.

You can only be afraid for so long…”

A beautiful well written first issue that had me hooked instantly. This may not be along horror lines but I knew after reading other works by Carungi that I had to check this one out. It does not disappoint on any level. A great action filled thrill ride from page one.

Artwork: 4.2 out of 5
The artwork in this issue is flat out fantastic. Each panel shines with awesome character detail. The way the inking works on top of the pencils really makes it have a unique look. The shading just makes the characters pop more. Overall just a great book to look at. The panels just depict the action so well.

Story: 4.4 out of 5
This is the second work of Carungi I have read, and I just want to read more. He has such a cool grasp on the idea here. His dialogue flows so well, and just the layers of story that he presents here are brilliant. You are given the main story line but there are I guess hidden things along the way that aren’t explained in this issue making you know the next issue will build more. Just a great issue with a nice twisted come back for more ending.

Dying Breath: 4 out of 5
What a way to intorduce the reader to this story. Nothing about this issue is below the bar, as a matter of fact I think it’s so far over the bar you would be surprised. Great artwork on top f a killer idea only make it a complete package worth every penny. Check this one out, and watch for more of Victor’s work I think he is a name to keep an eye on.

For more info on Pencilneck and other Paper Street Comics titles please go to

If you would like to get issue #1 or other books please go to

Posted in: Reviews