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Eisner Award winner SCOTT SNYDER (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire), Scott Tuft & NYT Best-Selling-Artist Attila Futaki (The Lightning Thief) bring you the complete collected hardcover of the scariest horror comic of the year, SEVERED.

1916. A man haunts the roads; a man with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. When 12 year-old Jack Garron runs away from home, he'l...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 11th 2012 by Image Comics
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Sumit Singla
Severed was a short, quick read. It was fast-paced, with a creepy atmosphere. The fact that the story is set in 1916 adds an extra dimension of mystery, somehow. I quite enjoyed the artwork, and the overall buildup of the storyline. The story certainly brings to life some childhood fears, and is creepy enough to remind you of the likes of the Boogeyman and Pennywise the Clown.

However, I wouldn't rate it too highly because of the anticlimactic ending. Overall, I thought Scott Snyder could have d...more
Alex Scales
Here's a prime example of the sort of shit I hate in comics: The generic, by-the-numbers script, with the same old horror tropes and no attempt to break from them, illustrated by a competent artist that doesn't even get enough chances at showing off his talent. But hey, it's Scott Snyder, so of course the guys down at the comic shop love to sing hymns and sacrifice goats over this one since HE CAN DO NO WRONG. The final result is an incredibly safe comic that doesn't take any chances, and tries...more
William Thomas
Scott Snyder is the newest king in comic books. With the success of American Vampire and his work on Batman, as well as Swamp Thing, it was only a matter of time before we saw him put out something subpar. Well, subpar in comparison to his other work. And Severed is just that.

As a story, Severed works wonders. It combines all of the classic elements of horror and horror masters like Matheson and Bierce and King. Snyder sets an even tone from the start and creates a horror not out of a supernatu...more
Mike
The first thing that struck me was the mood this book sets. Between the sparse narration (explicit foreshadowing), the relative innocence of the young characters and the painted, rich look of the art, it's hard not to get immersed in an old-timey (not Powell's The Goon, more like Norman Rockwell), relaxed atmosphere.

I first encountered Snyder with Iron Man Noir, and I thought he was being entirely too clever for himself there. In this book, the writing voice seems entirely natural and consistent...more
Sam Quixote
America, 1916, and 13 year old Jack Garron is running away from his adopted mother’s home in search of his biological father, a fiddler who abandoned him as a baby. But there is a monster in a suit, the Nightmare, who is stalking him as he stalks all children he wants to eat and Jack is next up on the menu...

Scott Snyder steps out of DC and teams up with long-time friend Scott Tuft and artist extraordinaire Attilla Futaki to craft a riveting horror story set on the lonely roads and abandoned co...more
Martin
What I really liked about this book is the way the tension/suspense is built up, drawing the readers in from the first pages and sucking them in further and further as the story progresses. Then you reach this point in the book where you're wondering "How the hell is our protagonist going to get out of this ?"

Billed as a horror comic, the only "horror" element (as in "fantastical") to it is at the very end. The rest of the book, say all but the last few pages, is a different kind of horror - the...more
Paul Dinger
I go way back with horror comics. When I was a youngster, I couldn't get enough of them from Ripely's Believe it or Not, Witching Hour, House of Mystery, etc. One of the many faults of the current comic industry has been an overreliance on superheros and not enough on good old fashioned scary books. This is a welcome comeback to those days. I really enjoyed how this was put togather with a true sense of creeping terror. Synder is a master, as American Vampire shows of creating this dread. Hopefu...more
Rory Wilding
Having established himself as a writer in horror through comic books such as American Vampire and The Wake, current Batman writer Scott Snyder co-wrote this horror gem with Scott Tuft for Image Comics.

1916. Twelve-year old Jack Garron, who is practising the fiddle, travels to Chicago in search of his father. During the course of his journey, during which he is in partnership with another young hobo Sam, Jack becomes the target of who he calls: The Nightmare.

For those who familiar with the litera...more
Giovanni Faga
(Quattro * nella scala "comics", eh?)

Severed è una serie di 7 numeri pubblicata dalla Image nel 2011. Qui, l'intera serie è raccolta in un volume della Panini ben curato nella stampa e nella rilegatura.

Severed è una storia inquietante, che racconta del viaggio disperato di un ragazzino alla ricerca del padre attraverso un'America violenta e spietata. L'America dei primi anni del secolo scorso, in preda alla furia di un capitalismo troppo giovane, diventa lo scenario per una storia horror davver...more
Paul
The story is fairly simple, three stars worth, I guess, I didn't find it all that scary, but then again I am pretty jaded when it comes to horror. And frankly I would have easily given it a pass, but...

The art is amazing, this was the first I'd seen by this Attila Futaki guy, but hopefully I'll be seeing more of his work in the future.
Andrew
I enjoyed the setting and thought the pacing was solid...I just couldn't really get into it. Characters development wasn't as strong as I hoped it'd be for a Snyder piece.
Alex
I love Scott Snyder. But I did not so much love this book.

The idea itself reflects some of the twisted Americana that Snyder explored in American Vampire, which I liked, but there was something that I couldn't quite jive with as I was reading. Now that I'm thinking about it, I think my problem was with the antagonist--he was a bit too much like Pennywise the Clown for me.

Attila Futaki's artwork is perfect for the story though. His artwork perfectly captures that dusty, depression-era America (i...more
Tessa
May 10, 2013 Tessa added it
Shelves: comics, historical
it's weird that I don't have a "horror" shelf yet on goodreads.
Tracey
Call it creepy for sure, but not scary--maybe because I'm not a kid, or because the kid protagonist, while likeable, was so oblivious to the red flags flapping in his face. Small potential spoiler: Reading this kept reminding me of Tooms from The X-Files, probably because of the character's longevity and abnormal diet.

I agree with other reviewers about the story's predictability level: It increases as the story goes on, so the ending is no real surprise. The art and colors largely work beautifu...more
MissAnnThrope
13 May 2013

Rating: * * * 1/2

Ah, Scott Snyder. Is there nothing this man can't do? Severed makes me wish that Scott Snyder will one day put out a full-length horror novel because his writing does a dang good job of giving me the heebie jeebies. Whether it's vampires, owls, or cannibals, he will make your skin crawl and you will love him for it.

Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft masterfully keep the suspense building throughout the entire story. It sucks you into this freakishly real terror so much that...more
The Reading List (Megan)
I had such high hopes for this comic. As a self-professed horror affectionato and lover of all things supernatural I really, really, really wanted to like this comic. The cover art was what initially drew me in and the plot seemed interesting enough. Needless to say I didn't hesitate to pay the $17.99 and could wait to begin reading the comic.

While I did finish the series and it was certainly entertaining, I would hardly call it the "scariest horror comic of the year." Or maybe I'm just desensit...more
Angelic
Nope.
Sean Kottke
A solidly creepy horror comic, with well-paced shocks and nicely built suspense. However, I don't think the overall story pacing would have worked very well in a month-by-month serial format. Like a Stephen King novel, early chapters have extensive character building, punctuated with controlled bursts of terror. This is effective when the reader can jump right into the next chapter, but must have been tedious with four week breaks between issues. The collected format is the way to go with this t...more
Brian Lively
Scott Snyder seems to be the latest "can't miss" writer in the comics industry and Severed is no exception. Fans of Snyder's period horror American Vampire will find plenty to like here. Snyder and co-author Scott Tuft pen an early 20th century coming-of-age story about an orphaned boy being meticulously stalked by a cannibalistic child killer. Like any good horror, Snyder and Tuft utilize basic human fears to ratchet up the tension one page at a time. By building real characters with depth and...more
Vincent
Alex Scales writes a pretty harsh review of Severed on Goodreads. He called it "generic, by-the-numbers script, with the same old horror tropes and no attempt to break from them". He cites Kazuo Umezu and Richard Corben as authors who have succeeded in the horror genre. I have read the entire Drifting Classroom series by the former and am digging around to see which Corben book to add to my shelf.

I liked Drifting Classroom but that didn't dissuade me from liking Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft's Se...more
Caitlin
I received a free ebook copy of this from NetGalley.

All in all, this is a pretty solid horror story but, frankly, I was a little disappointed. I've greatly enjoyed Snyder's work before and so I think I was looking for something a little more than 'solid.' Of course, this doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it: it was a decent enough story, with some genuinely creepy going-ons, and there were a few instances in the story that I genuinely thought were good additions to the mood. It just didn't impress me,...more
Pamela
It's creepy. Yes, mysterious and spooky. Definitely not kooky. Welcome to this twisted fantasy.

I've not read any of Scott Snyder's other books (sorry!), but most reviewers are saying this is not as good as his usual work, so I might give him another go. I guess I'm just not a gory horror person. I don't like torture (why did I read this??? I don't know), but a good spooky story is always good. I particularly liked the setting of pre-Depression Americana, with train-hopping and music halls and gr...more
Adam Fisher
Scott Snyder does it again. This stand alone graphic novel was part Horror and part Noir, though a great balance between the two. Appropriately placed tension mixed with underlying fear, all with an art style that fit the time period.... wonderful when story and art mesh together seamlessly.
Definite read for Snyder fans, but just an overall great recommendation for someone wanting to read a good horror piece.
Don
Jun 04, 2014 Don rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I don't know of many horror comic books, but I wish there were more like this. I loved it! It was a slow moving story where the terror kept mounting with each issue. The art was simply beautiful, and they really captured the feel of early 20th century America. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good horror comic, and even if not, take a look at it for the gorgeous art.
Eric
It's 1916. A 12-year-old boy full of dreams sets out on a cross country trek to find his musician father. Meanwhile, a monster travels the road disguised as a kindly old man, seducing then consuming runaway children.

I bought Severed on impulse because of the sweet cover (a monstrous eye and lamprey-like mouth tearing through a dark forest scene like it was paper)and Snyder's fine work on American Vampire. (Also because I like single-volume non-serial graphic stories).

It's a pure horror story. Th...more
Andrea
Beautiful art and great storytelling by Scott Snyder (as usual) this is certainly a very creepy read. The art certainly reflects the text and sets a mood for the reader and readers will find themselves going through the story wishing that they could give warning to the characters. Creepy, well presented and captivating, this will have you turning its pages and your skin will crawl because of what is happening in this story.

Good for those who like a dark, creepy reading experience!
Randolph Carter
I had high hopes for this but it turns out to be only a so-so horror book. A vampire story with a cannibal twist. Unfortunately the basic story is revealed on the cover blurb and the "surprise" ending is telegraphed in the first two pages. The cover art was outstanding but the interior artwork overall I thought was just average. Futaki went for a period feel that left the colors, even the blood, mostly muted with more browns and sepias. The detail wasn't particularly interesting and I found myse...more
Courtney
A young orphan is stalked by cannibalistic, sharp-toothed psycho. Set in the early 20th, this comic is slightly reminiscent of Snyder's other work, American Vampire. Unfortunately, the characters here are nowhere near as memorable or interesting as those in some of Snyder's other work. While Severed is billed as being super scary, it's really not all that horrifying. It's not because the artwork is lacking, rather because the story itself is rather pedestrian. There's really nothing all that ori...more
D.F. Matthews
Kids. The road. Phonographs. Immortal cannibalistic monsters. Yeah, those sound like the key components to a wicked, awesome horror comic. Severed can best be described as a retelling of Hansel and Gretel set in the Depression Era of America. Writers Scott Synder and Scott Tuft present a stark, terrifying world for these children to inhabit. Seriously, I'm not sure what is wrong with either of them to think of such a thing. Their nightmares are brought to life be Attila Futaki. Each panel is pre...more
Nick Greene
I enjoy Scott Snyder's style of horror. Leaning more toward the natural than the ridiculously gory that so many horror fans love these day. While I wasn't exactly jumping out of my seat, there were definitely a few tense, unforgiving moments. One especially down right brutal and depressing - though fitting. As people have mentioned, the ending is the true bit of horror...and the worst part if you enjoy closed endings like myself, even if it may come across a bit derivative. It'll gnaw at you for...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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