Creepshow Vol. 1
Paul Dini, Chris Burnham, Erica Henderson, Francesco Francavilla, Kyle Starks & others
This is a classic EC Comics-style horror anthology based on the Shudder TV series of the same name developed by Greg Nicotero of The Walking Dead. It contains ten stories, originally published in five individual issues, narrated by a ghoulish character in the classic style. As always, the results are a bit of a hit and miss. The collection starts out strong with "Take One" by writer and artist Chris Burnham and colorist Adriano Lucas, a tale of Halloween trick or treat gone horribly wrong. When a group of kids ignore the "Take One" sign on a bowl of candy bars they face retribution by the murdered home owner, shot in the head and wearing a bathrobe, just like the local legend has it. One of them hopes to escape retribution because he only bent the rule a little bit, but no dice. David and Maria Lapham's "The Gorgahmorahh Tree" (with colorist Trish Mulvihill) tells the story of an ancient oak tree with a mysterious connection to a young girl named Daphne. When the tree takes her family she burns the tree and the family house down, but her remains are never found. Francesco Francavilla is the writer and artist (along with L. Marlow Francavilla) of "Hair," about a small town barber and the large hairy creature he has befriended, along with the usual local wildlife like raccoons and possums. But the small critters certainly do not account for the disappearance of several local hunters. The collection also includes stories about social influencers, vampires, and a cursed lucha libre wrestling mask, among others.