THE EVIL TREE (Arcana, 2012; Softcover)
Original Graphic Novel
Writer: Erik Hendrix
Artist: Daniel Thollin
This is a traditional ghost story for the 21st century. It has all of the old school Horror movie prerequisites: a couple bought an old farm house in the middle of nowhere to get away from it all. The girlfriend (Misha) almost immediately exhibits weird behavior, so the boyfriend (Daren) brings a group of friends out to the sticks with a ton of alcohol to shake away the blues. There's a huge snowstorm that will make escap...er, travel impossible. No one will be able to get in or out. That's when it all falls apart.
There is an old tree in the yard of the house, which dates back to colonial times. The spirits in this tree call out to Misha, whom Daren and a couple others witness get taken by the tree and vanish. They see the spirits of several children hanging from the tree, which states that it wants it's babies. That's as much as I'm giving you because I don't want to spoil any more of the plot. This is a well executed story and is extremely enjoyable.
The story and artwork are very clean cut and simple, further adding to the traditional ghost story vibe. The Evil Tree is very good and I'd recommend picking it up if you can find it. It's worth the hunt.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Arcana makes good quality graphic novels.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Crazy thick coated stock paper. I like it.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Glued binding in a cardstock cover.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4 out of 5. This has a coated cardstock cover, but the cover itself is pretty thin.