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Advance Review: Shed
From Blue Fox Comics
Coming this month from Blue Fox Comics is Shed. It will be funded on Kickstarter, and I was lucky enough to read this latest graphic novel.
It doesn’t matter if it’s happy if all you’re looking for is an ending. A story of small towns and small minds against big dreams and big lobsters.
Written by Richard Fairgray and Lucy Campagnolo and drawn by Richard Fairgray.
On receiving new comics from Blue Fox Comics, I am never sure what to expect. They indeed lean towards the horror side, and this one has a form on that.
There is the horror of a small town and those caught within. There is the horror of the mind and the memories within. This isn’t your traditional read.
What you do get is a thought-provoking story. It draws you in and makes you connect with all of the characters. There may be some in this story that you will recognise yourself - or see some of them in you.
The story is told through the eyes of Amber, returning to the town of her father and taking over his old shop. Amber quickly meets Fran, who seems to have her own ideas about the town, and what she wants. It’s well done, Fran isn’t the nicest of people, but Amber finds herself drawn to her.
What follows is a well-told small-town story, with the group politics and feuds between them. There are some interesting flashbacks as we get a good look at the town's monster.
As we work our way through the story, we get to an ending - then it twists itself around in a new direction. I like how this part of the story is told and makes it worthy of a second read and some fresh eyes on it.
There is some excellent use of art and colours, especially with the use of black within the story. It bursts off the page and grabs you. There are some other special uses of colour.
This is an excellent read, with some special art and good use of the comic medium. The characters are well laid out, and the feel of the town is perfect.