86’d #1 – Review

Posted on August 26, 2012

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Issue: 86’d #1
Creators: Nick Perry, Bill Hook, CW Cooke, Kelsey Wroten, Jeff Johnson ,Brian Patterson, Greg Smallwood, Doug Griffin, Scott Griffin, Brian Holderman, David K. Rose aka Grfxmonkey, Glen C. Davies, Arnus, Antoine Duthoit
Publisher: 86’d Studios
Release Date: September 2012
Price: $10

“Inspired by the old Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie and mixed with a less traditional sensibility from independent comics. 86’d is the brainchild of artists Nick Perry and Bill Hook. Volume one will focus on the horror genre, it will feature stories and pin-ups from a variety of indie comic creators and poster artists. It will be magazine format with black and white interior art. It will also feature covers from 86’d Studios artists Perry and Hook.”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Wow! This issue was more than I could have ever asked for. When it comes to reviewing anthologies, it is hard to really give them number that represents the entire book. Sometimes I don’t like the art on a certain story, or I don’t like a certain story. 86’d said to me, “Dan, you’re gonna like me, because I am solid on all levels.” So I took the book up on this challenge, and man was that statement 100% accurate. These 2 covers alone (Perry cover shown above) left my eyeballs on the floor. Perry and Hook won the battle to get me to turn the cover, and if you see this book you will do the same. Now since this is an anthology I will say that my favorite art I enjoyed most was anything done by Perry, Hook, Smallwood and Wroten. But it was all great looking stuff. Perry’s style really reminded me of the work of Charles Burns, so it was obvious to see why I liked it so much. The stories did range from Horror to Sci-Fi, but they were all off the wall creepy and disturbing. I loved the story “Full Circle”, it was a great choice to open the book with. The “A Day in the Life” stories were short and sweet involving some Classic Monsters. The last thing I have to mention is basically just a small little treat that was thrown in at the end of the book. Since this book plays on the classical horror comics, Perry and Hook included a fake ad page, and all I can say is I am getting a Big Ass Knife. This is hands down a solid horror anthology, that will hopefully surprise a great deal of people when they read it. I for one am highly anticipating more from these guys, because this issue was GORE-Geous!

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5 • Story: 4.5 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about 86’d you can find it at http://www.86dstudios.blogspot.com/

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