Daily Archives: November 16, 2011
In the late 1970’s, Detective Comics, starring Batman for those that don’t know but should, published a storyline that is now considered one of the greatest and most acclaimed interpretations of the character.
Within the span of six issues, young but established writer, Steve Englehart, along with up-and-coming artist Marshall Rogers (both of whom had just left Marvel Comics), revamped the Batman character for a new generation. It was here that the Dark Knight truly became the dark, pulp-orientated detective we know today. Many will tell you that this is the true version of Batman – the way Bob Kane originally conceived him in 1939.
When it comes to great horror titles currently out there, Image Comics’ Severed tops the list. Expertly written by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft and illustrated by Atilla Futaki, Servered is the story of 12-year old Jack, who has run away from home and is searching for his long-lost biological father, musician J.P. Brakeman. Along the way he meets up with Sam, a homeless girl in boys clothing. In the meantime, we’re also introduced to a psychopathic killer who is after Jack as well.
If you’re looking for blood and guts, Severed isn’t for you. The beauty and the strength of the story is that it isn’t in a rush to scare you, which makes those creepy and tense moments offered in each issue resonant strongly. I was lucky enough to talk to Severed writer Scott Tuft via email about the series, what inspired it, slow burn horror and his relationship with his longtime friend Scott Snyder.