Crawl To Me: The Evil Edgar Edition collects the full graphic story from the bassist/songwriter of Life of Agony, Alan Robert. Also included is a copious gallery of covers, alternates and unused from menton3, David Lupton, and Robert, as well as script pages, notes, character designs and sketches. It's a rather nice package. But the story itself is a true wonder.
Robert paints a self-contained nightmare as a young couple take over a country house in the midst of a hard winter. But Ryan and Jessica are plagued, by their own neuroses, or by a haunted past of the house itself...or is it something even more despicable? This is sharp horror, from the psychological to the demonic to the utterly brutal to the surreal, and the suspense is kept startlingly vivid and frenetic. The true evil of the story is as demented as any we might find in the real world, being expertly portrayed in these pages of fearful symmetry.
His art is, as Simonson infers in the intro, like a hallucinogenic escapade, with ever-contrasting colors full of electricity pushing and pulling the reader to absorb as much of the implied dread as the characters are themselves experiencing. I see some CGI'd photos and some painted work and some digital work all layered together, creating a terminally realistic style which in turn gives extra kick to the violent terror of the plot. Great storytelling, with not a weak page or sequence to be found. This perfect synchronization of plot, art, letters and colors could rarely be matched by mainstream, assembly line books.
Crawl To Me is really, really readable. I have sat through possibly hundreds of B-horror flicks that paled in comparison. Additionally, considering that there is in fact a distinct message to this fable only empowers its excellence all the more. Robert isn't a comics newbie anymore, but this will be one helluva hard act for him to follow.
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