Saturday, July 11, 2009

First Read of the Week!

North 40 #1

Due to an error in the library catalog of Vidette University, a restricted book is mistakenly mailed out to a small town library... and when unwary readers make the mistake of actually opening the thing, thirty-one different flavours of insanity are set loose on the populace -- spawning vampires, sorcerers, earth elementals, zombies and other things that are not quite so friendly.

With a sharp script by Aaron Williams and impressively stylish art by Fiona Staples, North 40 delivers a story that I would have expected to find under the Vertigo label rather than Wildstorm. Williams tackles the Lovecraft-shaded horror with a welcome sense of humour, populating his besieged little town with a cast of immediately likable characters; visually, Staples keeps the splatter at a slick and acceptable level.

If you find that your usual superhero comics have lost some of their appeal lately, then North 40 might be the change of pace you're looking for!

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