School: A Ghost Story Collected Vol. 1 – Review

Posted on October 8, 2009


Issue: School: A Ghost Story Collected Vol. 1
Brian Defferding
Brian Defferding
Letters: Brian Defferding
Publisher: Deftoons! Cartooning and Comics
Release Date:
Pages: 144
Price: $18.00

“This collects the first four issues of the critically-acclaimed independent horror series School: A Ghost Story. Lindsay Buckner is a twelve-year-old girl in a small river town in Wisconsin.  In one morning of horror, she wakes up as to what she believes to be as a ghost inside an elementary school, with her arms and waist covered in blood.  She has no recollection of how she died, when she died or who did it – almost completely amnesiac of how she got there.  She needs to find out exactly what happened to her in the last moments of her life while in this elementary school that she’s trapped inside. Meanwhile, there are other ghosts with tentacles and hollow eyes who want to devour the one thing Lindsay has left – her soul.  Between a hard life, a hard death and an even more painful afterlife, Lindsay is on the brink of oblivion.  This series is part murder mystery, part gothic horror, and completely different from what you have ever seen.  Take a journey with Lindsay down the path to darkness, where the abyss will pull you in  – forever.

Artwork: 4.1 out of 5
There is something so unique and ugly about the look of this book. I just love it! The art style is so different that you wouldn’t be able to forget it if you wanted to. I love the shading and coloring used as well. The first thing that I thought of while looking at the first few pages a mix of Invader Zim and Ahh! Real Monsters. The action sequences are really cool and just the over look of the characters from panel to panel is very nice.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
The story is just as unique here. It has a real different feel to it. It comes off at times as very child like, where things are explained in a nice simple manner. Then out of nowhere you realize you were being tricked and your really reading an adult style comic. I love that about it. The only other time I have seen this was when I read Mercy Me. I think the premise is very cool and the dialogue is great. The way Brian is writing it also leaves it open to a good deal of possibilities.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
This is a great start to this series. I already find myself just sitting here saying, “When can I get the next one?” The story and art are unique and can easily stand out in a crowd. What is taking place here is exciting and original and has really grabbed my attention. Check this one out, it is worth every penny.

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