Plot: Robert Heske and a plethora of artist bring us tales of horror and suspense in a noir world.
Comments: “Cold Blooded who-whats?” I hear you cry. Let me esplain you, ma fren…Cold Blooded Chillers is an independent anthology that compiles 3 - 4 horror-noir stories per issue, filled to the gills with thrills, spills and those inevitable chills from the title. No, it’s not mainstream. No, there are no spandex-clad vigilantes dealing their own special brand of justice on unsuspecting, despicable human beings. And no, that’s not a bad thing.
Each story is written by Heske and, I have to say, are written quite well. Dialogue, for the most part, is short and snappy, doing exactly what it’s supposed to do -- move on the plot. Unlike some well-known mainstream authors (you know who you are), very little dialogue is wasted on trying to be hip -- whatever the Hell that means -- or in exchanges of that witty banter that every inexperienced new publisher says is a requirement for good writing. There are a few lines in #1 that jarred, that did not quite fit in with the rest of the otherwise pretty sharp writing, but on a whole Bob Heske’s writing skills manage to shine through.
The stories themselves follow the standard short tale with a twist formula made famous by the British publishing giant, 2000 AD. Just like the stories in aforementioned publisher’s anthologies, all of the twists do work. Heske’s stories, however, tend to be of varying lengths -- anything from two to twenty-two pages -- and some of the stories may take a second glance at an important panel to grasp if you are someone who doesn’t pay attention to little details like the death of a character.
Artwork is fine throughout. Though the vast majority of the artists do not do anything
to knock your socks off, they don’t make you feel like slipping an extra pair on either. Some are better than others, but all are of a quality that makes the comic worth its cover price. More importantly, each style is distinctive and gives its respective story its own feel to it.
If none of the above has convinced you, the amount of pages you’ll be getting for your money should. Sure, they’re black and white, but there are twice as many of them as you’ll find in your other comics and without mid-comic advertising spoiling your reading experience.
Final Word: Heske delivers what you sets out to do, and if you pick up this comic for what it suggests from its cover or name, you will not be disappointed. Artwork fits in well, and the number of pages make it a value and a good buy.
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