Action Lab Entertainment is stepping out with their new imprint, Action Lab: Danger Zone and their first title to smash zombie clowns is EHMM Theory. While “EHMM Theory” seems to make no sense, the first issue of this titles makes a lot of back from the dead horror sense. Protagonist, Gabriel Ehmm is fighting undead carnival horrors to get into heaven with his talking cat, Mr. Whispers. Neither of them know what’s going on and that’s some of the gory beauty packed into EHMM Theory. Other than having a tone similar to something like Cemetery Man or Evil Dead, this book is dark originality.
Brockton McKinney’s writing of EHMM Theory shows that he understands the history and structure of character driven horror. He jumps right into white knuckle, nasty gore and introduces us to his lead, Gabriel Ehmm who is immediately a tragic and empathic character that loves kittens. McKinney also sets up an interesting and quirky origin of both Ehmm and the world that he finds himself in.
Larkin Ford does a great job of visualizing the fun and gore that McKinney conceptualized in EHMM Theory. There are a several scenes where his visuals make McKinney’s story even more impactful and interesting and make the character of Ehmm more sympathetic. McKinney’s panels are also very efficient in the way that he both minimizes exactly what needs to be drawn into the background but also still sets a sense of suspense, impending doom, awe and even humor. Ford and McKinney both do a great job of making EHMM Theory worth reading.