Review – Bunny Mask #1
Story: Paul Tobin
Art: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Publisher: Aftershock Comics
Available: 10th June 2021
A new horror series from the creator of the Eisner-nominated Colder!
Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.
Writer Paul Tobin (Colder) and artist Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, Hellblazer) unleash an aeons old legend upon an unsuspecting world – one that’ll make your most horrific nightmare feel like a walk in the park!
Writer: Paul Tobin
In just one page Tobin sets the horrific tone of Bunny Mark with a series of panels showing Leo Foster using a chisel on the teeth of his ten year old daughter Bee. The revulsion created by the scene echoes forward as we find key protagonist child safety nurse Tyler Severin along school official Juliette Nemski meet and be attacked by the insane Leo.
The voice in his head, The Snitch, has told Leo they are coming and to give Julie the tree, by this he means impaling her and taking Tyler to a cave to dig. What follows is a month of torture and forced labour with Bee and Tyler striking up a friendship while they toil away. Bee disappears one day just as Tyler breaks through to an ancient cave… the home of Bunny Mask. After a struggle and wounded by a shotgun Tyler passes out and wakes up outside the cabin.
Fourteen years later Tyler is driving past a gallery when to his horror he spots Bunny Mask photos and artwork.
Tobin is a very sick puppy as a writer and I’ll stop here as you need to read this horrific tale yourself.
Artwork: Andrea Mutti and Taylor Esposito
The artwork by Andrea Mutti shows the cabin in the wood’s style of artwork. When Bunny Mask enters the story there is an ethereal dream-like sense with colours and panelling changing form and colour. Mutti style is drawn fast but without losing any detail or emotion. Esposito’s colouring adds the final touch to this tableau with dirty pastels and bright red blood drawing your eye in. That first page sets my nerves off, my toes curl and a little bile rise in my throat.
We’ve seen versions of this story before so to keep it fresh and shocking is amazing from the team that first page sets my nerves off, my toes curl and a little bile rises in my throat. The sting in the last page flips the last seven or eight pages on their head and makes you demand the next issue. Solid 100% first issue.
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