Review: Vinyl #1 (Image Comics)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colourist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
On Sale: 23rd June 2021

Check out the first issue of a new dark and twist comic book series from Image Comics, Vinyl #1 is out now.

PLOT AND STORY

This is a difficult comic to summarise without giving away too many spoilers but Vinyl #1 begins the story of a serial killer who has to rescue his friend (who happens to be an undercover detective trying to take down the serial killer) from a mysterious cult. 

This comic is weird in all the right ways. Writer Doug Wagner crafts a really special, interesting but twisted first issue which has hooked me in immediately. What I enjoyed about this issue so much was just how ordinary the main characters feel. Our detective is your average looking, aging white man with nothing distinctive or stand out about him, as is our serial killer. Both are similar ordinary people in different ways but then we are thrust into this obscure, sadistic cult environment with vastly different appearances and it almost knocks you off guard.

ARTWORK

The artwork in this book felt very much like the story. The start feels very normal with ordinary looking people in simple looking locations but then it all turns and things get a little crazy. At one point turning the page feels like someone turns a dial from 1 all the way up to 10. The graphic tones of the story are unleashed with some over the top bloody moments, scary looking characters and a very seductive looking cult leader. 

Daniel Hillyard and Dave Stewart combine to make a great artist team making even the plain looking panels shine. What really stood out for me was the contrast in appearances, for example our serial killer has a moment where they are biking along a path surrounded by flowery meadows which has a real Pee Wee Herman vibe to it before revealing the Teddy Bear mask wearing maniac we see on the front cover.

Harvey nominated letterer Ed Dukeshire completes the creative team with some great lettering which contributes to the stories flow excellently. I particularly like some of the balloon shapes early on to express a character shouting.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Vinyl is a comic I did not have on my radar until its preview landed in my inbox from Image Comics and I’m so thankful for that because this looks like a series right up my street. A fun, weird and wild story with some great artwork makes this a graphic thriller with twists, turns and some bloody violence.

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

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