Split Lip Vol. 1 – Review

Posted on August 16, 2009


Issue: Split Lip Volume #1
Sam Costello
Gary Crutchley, Kyle Strahm, Ayhan Hayrula, Diego Candia, Brian A. Laframboise, Iain Laurie, Nelson Evergreen, Brian McGleenon, Felipe Sobreiro, Sami Makkonen, John Bivens
Publisher: Tent City
Release Date:
Pages: 158
Price: $15.00

Mysterious old men who peer into the second-floor windows of sleeping children. Corn fields swollen with otherwordly crops. Subterranean colleges where unusual students learn a fearsome craft. A pair of bank robbers stowed away on haunted trains.

You’ll find these stories, and other chilling tales, in Split Lip Volume 1.

Split Lip is intellectual horror with strong doses of shock, violence, and unsettling ideas. You won’t find vampires or zombies here, just disturbing new takes on horror. Split Lip shreds traditional horror archetypes in favor of creating dark moods, original characters, and frightening experiences.

These stories will leave you disturbed long after you close the book. Discover for yourself why The Horror Blog called Split Lip “the predominant original horror comic work on the internet.”

Now this is one hell of a collection. Great short stories all packaged in this really cool trade to check out. The stories are all different yet they all leave you either shocked, scared or terrified. The best thing is that if this isn’t enough for you, you can go over to the website and read more. This one is worth picking up.

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5

While there are 11 different artists working here all of their styles work with the genre very well. I didn’t find any of them to be under under the bar when compared to the rest. They all compliment their respective stories perfectly. The few that stand out to me are Kyle Strahm, Diego Candia and Sami Makkonen. All were perfect fits.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
The stories are all written by Costello and not a single one of them loses quality. Each has a different effect on the reader to either mess with your mind, sacre you or just make you uncomfortable. They are all written nicely and I was able to easily understand every concept. My favorites were “Straw Men”, “Fish Drink” and “School Supplies”.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
This is such a solid collection of stories. The artwork and stories both compliment each other so well. 158 pages worth of content is worth it for the price. If you like the strange collections of horror stories you need to check this one out. It’s worth it.

If you would like to buy Split Lip Vol.1 or if you want to check out what other web comics have been posted since this came out, please go to http://www.webcomicsnation.com/splitlip/

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