Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez come together again to bring back a classic horror series to life. Not only did Hill win an Eisner Award for Locke & Key as Best Writer, Rodriguez also won his own for Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland as Best Limited Series. These two bring Tales from the Darkside back to the realm of possibility.
The cover of this comic book stands out with bold colors, with the main character seemingly ablaze with oranges, reds, and yellows, as mysteriously creepy characters lurk behind her. This one page brings back a familiar resemblance to the movie and television series. The creepiness continues as the main character in this issue, Joss Waldrop, has a car accident that leads her right up to the doorstep of a family that’s too jovial, too 1950s, too something’s not right to put your finger on right away.
Oh, did I mention she runs over their mailbox during this accident, and this odd couple passes it off as youthful mischief and immediately ask for her babysitting background? Does this scream the “Darkside” or what, and I don’t mean Star Wars. Entering the house later that evening, Joss sees the two she’s meant to babysit for the first time, and their first impression for the reader is exactly what you should expect: mismatched socks, skull graphic t-shirt, and a shimmering glow on their heads as both have electronic tablets crammed to the nose.
If that doesn’t have you running and screaming for the hills, just wait until your next babysitting assignment. The story continues with well-timed humor and a visit from the boyfriend, because every parent is okay with a complete stranger coming over to watch their children. The new babysitters soon realize these kids aren’t exactly sugar and spice, as a guilt-ridden sitting job quickly turns into strange things happening on every other page.
This horror of a tale involves the imagination of two little devils and the hope that the main character, and maybe not the arrogant boyfriend, escape from the house unscathed. The story, artwork, and coloring from Ryan Hill blend perfectly together to build another epic tale in this genre. There are also well-placed signs of things gone amiss, or at least soon about to.
The comic book begins with a synopsis of what’s taken place previously in other issues, and the mystery surrounding the dark events leads to an ending that doesn’t end; it only makes you wonder what’s about to happen next.