I love the genre of horror for its release of anger, frustration, hate, pessimism and disgust – you know, all that stuff we’re told that we should have given up when we were kids but none of us really have. And I love it even more when creators portray it right: in a new and well-done kinda way. Admittedly, horror has been stretched to extreme and sometimes repetitive heights. The genre has, even more than Star Trek, gone where no person has gone before – there are some really crazy movies out there that do some crazy things – stuff like torture porn that even I have trouble understanding sometimes.
There’s also been a lot of post-modern contemplation and self-awareness of horror through storytelling – horror creators generally understand that what they do is crazy and gory and way-out-there and often silly. Scream made even Hollywood stand up and take notice of what it was doing with our wonderful genre. In the world of comics, there are smart titles like Hack/Slash and Man of God.
Published by Pinwheel Press, Man of God takes a well-placed stab at the horror genre, a style of creation with a long and complicated legacy. For all of the above reasons and more, horror is a hard place to sell a new story. But with smart art and crafty writing, Man of God kills it. It’s easy for cheesy art and unaware writing to take the reader out of horror but Man of God does none of this. It leaves the reader planted in a dark, twisted and pessimistic world of characters that need to be offed (because they’re horrible people of course) by the handsomely burned lead, John Morris – a preacher gone serial killer. Man of God also drives through the heart that it knows its horror history and that it wants to stand beside the likes of Dracula and Freddy.
Man of Good from Pinwheel Press and the below creators:
Writer: Stu Berryhill, Craig Partin
Artist: Yvel Guichet & Various
Cover Artist: Yvel Guichet, Daniel Brereton