So, if you’ve been paying any attention over the past few months, you’d know that I’ve basically been obsessed with Alan Robert’s superb indie horror series, Crawl to Me. Just to recap, in addition to reviewing the first, second, and third issues, I also had the great opportunity to chat with Alan about his comics career as well. I’ve been looking forward to the conclusion for quite some time now, and I was positively ecstatic when the review copy showed up in my inbox. So, did the conclusion leave me satisfied?
A resounding yes. Going in, I was a bit apprehensive. There was a lot of set up going into the last issue, and, honestly, I had no idea how Alan was going to pull any sort of closure off. I, of course, forgot that I was reading the work of a true horror genius. Everything comes to a powerful breaking point, and Alan managed to bring the book to a brilliant and unique conclusion. I won’t say much else, since I’ve been keeping these reviews spoiler-free, but, if you’ve been reading along for the past few months, I guarantee that you’ll be pleased with how Alan has chosen to conclude the series.
As usual, Alan’s artwork stole the show for me. If you’ve checked out any of my other reviews, then you know that I’ve had nothing but positively glowing praise for Alan’s artwork. He officially outdid himself in this issue. The artwork, an intuitive blend of physical media and digital processing, explodes towards the middle of the book with a range of emotion and power that is a rare find in comics. Honestly, if you’re a fan of intuitive and original art styles, these books are most definitely worth your money.
If you’ve been trade-waiting, then your patience should be paying off early next year. Really though, I suggest hunting down the individual issues. Overall, this was a unique moment in horror. Alan is a genius creator, and it has been an absolute pleasure reading his work. Remember, he has another horror series also available: Wire Hangers. I’m gonna be keeping a close eye on Alan, so stay tuned to Comic Booked for all your information on this rising star.