Review: The Autumnal #3 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Daniel Kraus
Artist: Chris Shehan
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 11/25/2020

As we continue digging deeper into the past, we might not like what we find as The Autumnal continues to tease us with it’s a slow burning mystery.

PLOT AND STORY 

A drunken bender lands Kat in front of a wise and handsome tattoo removal specialist, yet she’s drawn back to eerie Comfort Notch, where a trove of old photos reveal the figure behind the towns ominous legends.

I’m really enjoying Daniel Kraus’s ability to draw out the mystery in Comfort Notch without making me lose interest. As we learn small snippets each issue about Kat’s eerie past I’m happy reading about her troubles and seeing her struggle with inner demons when I know the outer demons are the ones we should be worried about. I would call this series a good slow burn which I’m sure will pay off in the end. As I make my way through each issue it plays out like a tv series with the perfect pace and turns of direction when you need it.

ART

I have been a big admirer of Chris Shehan’s art a while through social media and he continues to impress me with every issue of Autumnal. Complemented beautifully by Jason Wordie’s colours,  Autumnal continues to catch my eye every time I turn a page.

The series has a timely feel to it like but with all the characteristics of a modern comic. Soft, pale tones against bold and bright colours works perfectly with the story creating that TV series feeling. If someone was to make a comic series about a show like Twin Peaks or Castle Rock then this is exactly as I imagine it would look.

Jim Campbell does an amazing job with his lettering also and I in particular like the way he positions the narrative dialogue in boxes as far into the corners as possible enabling each panel to look as big as possible. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Autumnal is not my usual type of comic book because its not science fiction or contain super heroes but I continue to be impressed every issue with how engaged I am with the story. I believe issue #3 has built things up nicely for the weird and eerie tones to take a turn for the worse next issue.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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