REVIEW: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT #1
Book Title: Silent Night, Deadly Night #1
Book Description: Silent Night, Deadly Night #1 begins around the holidays. Our story takes us to Eggnog, Utah. 40 years ago an adolescent boy named Billy dressed up in a Santa costume went on a killing spree. It would seem the pattern has begun anew with a new Santa determining if people have been naughty or nice.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: James Kuhoric and S. A. Check
Artist: Puis Calzada
Colors: Emmanuel Ordaz
Letters: Fabricio Grellet
Editor: S.A. Check
Publisher: American Mythology Productions
Story: 3.1 Stars
Artwork: 3.4 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.1 Stars
Dialogue: 3.2 Stars
Mechanics: 3.2 Stars
Editing: 3.2 Stars
Silent Night, Deadly Night #1 was not on my radar until I saw this issue sitting on the shelf at my local comic book store. I like books that aren’t necessarily conventional. A book with a cover suggesting that Santa is something other than a kindly old elf had my attention. The cover promised danger. The cover promised adventure. The cover didn’t lie.
This isn’t a story about Saint Nick delivering toys around the world to small children. We simultaneously get stories about a serial killer in modern times, people recalling their childhoods, and a reminder of just how cruel children can be if they put their mind to it.
I feel bad for Rick and Bill. With that much trauma, the emotional scars from their childhoods will never heal. We see how the boys are led down multiple paths in the fallout.
The artwork on the interior pages is solid. It compliments the writing very nicely. We get good lines and great facial expressions which bring the story to life. I especially liked the snowball scene.
As Vic a geek on a budget I believe that Silent Night, Deadly Night #1 is well worth the price of admission. We get an interesting story, great artwork, and a different take on what it means to be naughty or nice.