Published on July 30th, 2014 | by JCDoyle0
Drumhellar #7 – Comic Review
Drum and Harold are led across country thanks to one of Drum’s visions and they end up lodging in a rundown ‘hobo shack’. After a bit of catching up (for this read ‘recap of general concepts for the comic’) they head out to look over the crime scene as portrayed in the last issue, the one with the scary psycho kids. There is nothing to find so they call it a night and separate to indulge in their own evening entertainment, for Drum this is mushroom hunting and for Harold a spot of animal possession.
The story then switches to Vern and his dysfunctional family. They are camping in the woods in an attempt to make Vern a ‘man’. They have the beer and the guns, what more could they need? Well, in Vern’s case, he could do with a decent set of parents however there’s something in the wood that believes Vern would be better off on his own.
Drum finds his mushrooms and Harold finds the body of a Stag to possess and, along with Vern, they all have a shocking night they won’t forget in a hurry.
Riley Rossmo takes great care in giving each of his characters a different voice and this is best illustrated by Vern and his family. When horrible things begin to happen to them you have a large amount of sympathy for Vern but at the same time a small element of you will be cheering the ‘undead kids’ on. The narrative is toned down in this issue so the psychedelic visions are only talked about instead of being experienced firsthand. A flashback scene involving Harold opens up the ghostly characters past in an uncomfortable yet empathic way and is a prime example of Rossmo’s talent for manipulating the readers emotions. The final splash page of this issue should have you conflicted about one of the main characters of this comic.
Again, Alex Link uses subtle changes in his art style to illustrate different aspects of the story. There is an element of humour to Drum’s half-assed investigation of the crime scene but the darkness of the wood leads to terrifying scenes for the coming of the undead kids. Just like Rossmo’s writing, the art work on the final two pages of this issue show how clever the creators are at changing the pace or direction of a character in very simple but shocking ways.
Although the last issue introduced the Undead Kids (as I’ve dubbed them) this issue is really the start of a new arc for Dumhellar and it’s a fairly easy jumping on point. Once you’ve come to understand that one of the central characters is a drug addict and the other a ghostly child’s toy, you’ll have no problem getting into this.
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Riley Rossmo
Artist: Alex Link