THE CREEP (Dark Horse, 2013; Hardcover)
Collects The Creep Nos. 0-4 (cover dates August- December, 2012)
Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Jonathan Case
Oxel is a private investigator who receives a letter in the mail from an old college sweetheart. Her son has committed suicide six months after his friend has and she wants to know why. Oxel suffers from Acromegaly and looks like, well, a creep. His investigation leads him to Stephanie (his old flame)'s father, Jeff, who is a homeless man out of sorts with reality. Jeff's meeting with Oxel snaps him back into the real world for a bit. There's something that he must do, a secret that must remain a secret. That secret is...ah, but that would be telling, and that's something that I seldom do in this blog.
The Creep takes place in the early '80s, although I'm not sure why. Aside from a few “set pieces” (rotary phones, old cars, walkie talkies) there isn't a whole lot that couldn't have not occurred today. That very minor concern aside, John Arcudi has written a rock solid suspense story. Jonathan Case's artwork is equally effective, moody and clearly laid out.
I know that the seemingly endless parade of new titles on the racks can seem overwhelming, but if you are sick and tired of reboots, “New” this and “Now” that then don't give up on comics altogether; try something new. Something like The Creep.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- This is one of the “Graphic Novel” sized books, meaning that it is smaller than a standard trade paperback but larger than a digest.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Thick coated stock with a slight sheen and that delectable toxic Chinese ink. I suspect that the ink is a mixture of mercury from recalled thermometers, lead paint chips, broken asbestos tiles, and the final ingredient: the tears of the Chinese children working the sweat shop printing press. When combined with the paper which is sourced from virgin Amazon rainforests it makes for a scent that can't be beat.
Binding rating: 5 out of 5. Beautiful sewn binding with room for the casing to flex. In English: it lays flat.
Hardback cover coating rating: 4 out of 5. More of that dull matte finish coating on the hardback. No dustjacket. It seems durable enough on this book but is not to my liking.