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Alan Robert’s “Crawl to Me” – Issue #1, Review

Kyle Black 06/24/2011 ZDONOTUSE

It’s not often that I get a chance to dive into a fresh, interesting, new title. So, when IDW reached out to us and told us about Alan Robert’s new, limited horror series, Crawl to Me, I was more than happy to jump at the chance to check it out. I was certainly not disappointed.

For those of you who have yet to hear about this new series, here’s the official description:

“Crawl to Me” takes place in an isolated country town during the frigid winter months. The story centers on a young family as they cope with a series of disturbing events that force them to question their relationship, their faith and their very existence. When husband and wife, Ryan and Jessica, move into their first home together, strange things begin to occur. Half-eaten animals and other remains are found inside the basement’s crawl space. Their family dog disappears within the house.  Distant voices are heard from beneath the floorboards. The couple begins to think that an evil entity is living inside their walls. Nothing can prepare them for what they’ll discover, but Ryan and Jessica soon realize that they must set aside all they believe to be true, in order to face their inevitable reality.

Issue #1 of 4, due out in July, starts the story off with Ryan waiting at his new house for furniture to be delivered. On a snowy evening, the local police department come to a neighboring house in order to execute an arrest warrant on Ryan’s neighbor. A violent conflict ensues and Ryan learns a terrifying secret that inflicts untold horrors upon his psyche, awakening a mental trauma buried deep within his mind. The issue cuts just as the suspense reaches a pulse-pounding high and I am definitely going to be anxiously awaiting the next installment.

The interesting thing about this book is that it’s a solo effort by Alan – creating, writing, illustrating, coloring, and lettering. With this in mind, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Crawl to Me. Speaking of the story, it’s gripping and engaging. This issue strikes a perfect balance between background and plot advancement – you’re immediately sucked into the story and caught up in the drama. As I said, the atmosphere of suspense is totally palpable by the end of the issue. Alan’s dialogue is realistic and fresh and, most importantly, utterly enjoyable. It reads just like the script to a horror film, which contributes to the excellent aura of mystery, suspense, and fear that Alan has skillfully established in this first issue.

Even more impressive is Alan’s art style. You can check out a preview here, which shows off some of the issue’s most impressive panels. Alan’s brilliance with digital artwork is readily apparent in these panels. He blends intuitive color use and blood splatter with unique character models to form a very distinctive artistic presentation for his story, a presentation that absolutely contributes to the overall trauma of the story. The first issue’s final pages, not shown in the preview, feature some truly horrifying images that will stay with you after the final page has been turned.

Overall, this is an impressive first outing, especially considering that Alan is the sole creator of the book. Keep an eye out for Issue #1 of Crawl to Me when you visit your local comic shop in July. This issue establishes a great story and has set the mood for the next three installments, which I will certainly be keeping up with. We’ll be setting up an interview with creator Alan Roberts soon, so stay tuned to Comic Booked for more coverage on this promising, new series!

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