Review: The Autumnal #6 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Daniel Kraus
Artist: Chris Shehan
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 14th April 2021

Be afraid, be very afraid as the equinox is here.

PLOT AND STORY 

After stealing a trove of local lore, Kat begins barricading her house against the Comfort Notch threat. But nature itself seems hell-bent on tearing her family apart.

I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat reading every page of this comic. Daniel Kraus has been developing this slow burn horror story over the last five issues and we are finally at the moment I have been dreading, the equinox.

This is a very clever story by detailing Kat’s journey in such a way I find myself thinking she is a little bit crazy and all the township lore is in her head. But before you know it something happens that shows you maybe Kat is right and there is something very strange in Comfort Notch. As much as I don’t want this series to end I am so desperate to see the conclusion.

ARTWORK 

I have to say that this book is absolutely gorgeous. This is the kind of series that seriously should be getting nominated for an Eisner because its uniquely horrifying pages are eerie yet beautiful at the same time. Artist Chris Shehan and colourist Jason Wordie are at the top of their game right now.

The book is called The Autumnal and this whole series has been drawn with a very Autumn like colour scheme with warm browns and oranges which compliment the story excellently. This issue specifically has a page towards the end when leaves start to surround Kat and they are drawn in such a way making the reader aware of how everything is closing in on Kat and the situation is getting very tense.

Jim Campbell continues on lettering duty with another solid issue helping the story flow.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Autumnal is a series which stands out much like the other series published by Vault Comics in the Nightfall range but what I love about this series the most is the honesty in the horror. Six issues in and I have felt every feeling, every emotion, every scare and every chill because the emotional turmoil displayed by the lead character Kat is believable. This especially highlights that the biggest fear is often what you don’t see rather than what you do. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and art work are courtesy of Vault comics and their respective owners.

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