Sean Kottke's Reviews > Severed

Severed by Scott Snyder
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Jul 21, 12

bookshelves: 2012, graphic-novel
Read in July, 2012

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 title, as the entire story itself is concise enough to have been told within a single issue of an old school EC horror comic. I liked the color palate of the art work, but some of the character design was shaky. It was hard to get a good sense of what "The Salesman" looked like chapter by chapter. In horror, indistinctness can add to the horror, as a monster is shown only in parts before a full, climactic reveal. However, the consistency of the character design needs to be stronger than it is here to allow the reader/viewer to imagine a terrifying whole from the parts that are revealed.
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