Alterna Comics has been impressing the hell out of me lately with their titles. I talked just the other day about how Blood for Stone reminded me of classic fantasy literature and today I’m excited about The End is Totally Nigh 01. It is an over the top horror book about possession which is a topic that has come back from the dead lately in the horror genre. But the twist here is that it’s multiple people that are possessed all at once and to top it off, they are a class of second graders.
The End is Totally Nigh absolutely embraces the insanity that it has created for itself. It is self-aware from the title through the Children of the Corn/Village of the Damned chorus-like chants from the main villains, those creepy second graders. Where it buries new dead from other similar horror tales is in it’s over the top telekinetic, vicious killings of what should be smarter demon hunters. It gets really graphic in a body-splattering kind of way. And Rico’s art draws this blood and guts with some serious detail.
That’s the other thing about The End is Totally Nigh, the art is really smart, high-contrast black and white wonderful. The art is so good, I would have guessed that it was from Image Comics or some other publisher more well-known. The panel and page layouts are smart and efficient for indie comics, not over-drawing things but still providing enough to efficiently tell the story.
I look forward to reading the second issue of The End is Totally Nigh which is by the way, already a PDF on my desktop.