Review: Deadbox #1

Out now from Vault Comics, Deadbox #1 is the beginning to a new horror story…

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Written by Mark Russell
Art by Benjamin Tiesma
Colored by Vladimir Popov
Cover by Benjamin Tiesma

There is some excellent storytelling here. Based mainly in a roadside gas station, we meet some of the inhabitants and the titular Deadbox. The mystery behind that is best kept as it is for the time being.

As far as the story is concerned, the movies watched allow us to get two stories for the price of one – and they are connected.

In this issue we have a dutiful daughter, missing college to look after her sick father and the business. There are others in the story, and they add to the flavour of the small town, with some creepy aspects to it.

I really enjoyed how this story built you up. The interlude story takes you to something fantastic – in the future and into space, while the dark, grimmer aspects are back at home.

There is some excellent art here – with the grime of the home town being shown, with the dark. You can almost hear the crickets and the squeak of a rusty sign. Then, into the future and space – there are brighter colours and fantastic beings (and food).

This was an excellent start, which have me the feeling of the Twighlight Zone or Outer Limits.

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