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‘Colder: Toss the Bones #2’ – Advance Comic Book Review

Reading an issue of Colder I imagine is like being cooked like a lobster. You don’t notice the temperature change until it’s too late.

There’s something psychologically methodical about how Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra (Prometheus: Fire and Stone) layout their story from page to page and panel to panel that slithers back behind your subconscious, hides there, and then starts poking at it, taking the form of a gnawing discomfort. Much of it has to do with the patience they exhibit.  They don’t just throw creepy images or violent mayhem at you right away. In fact, much of the creepiness occurs because, sometimes, things don’t happen for several pages at a time, and with Nimble Jack spreading madness, you kind of don’t want it to.

Nimble Jack is one of those creations that must hit in a moment of joyous inspiration. He writes himself – frolicking from victim to victim, literally feeding off the madness he creates and spreads as he jumps back and forth between two worlds.

As our creators heighten the foreboding tension with Jack, Declan and Reece (our romantically involved heroes) are trying to find a semblance of normalcy in their lives after what seems to have been some terrible events from the last story arc. Jack seems to have a power that, when used, turns his body temperature down. My guess is when it gets too low, he stops living. (I have not read the two previous story arcs.) Only now, in this second issue, Nimble Jack has turned his focus towards them, at first playing little games. As his rampage accelerates, every time the story follows our hapless couple, you’re waiting for Nimble Jack to strike.

The grim, creative joy that Tobin and Ferreyra approach this material with is ferocious. If you need some good Halloween material to get into, this is one of the best horror comic books I’ve read in a long time.

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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