Written by Dirk Manning, Artwork by Josh Ross, Jeff Welborn, Len O’Grady, Austin McKinley, Jason Meek, Rene DeLiz, Ray Dillon, Erich Owen, Dustin Miller, Kristen Perry, and others
Published by Shadowline Web Comics and Image Comics (in the fall)
NIGHTMARE WORLD is collection of thirteen seemingly disconnected tales that, upon publication of the full fifty-two compliment of stories, will reveal themselves to center around a main premise. Already there is some unification apparent in the stories currently available via Shadowline’s Web Comics, such as repeat appearances of characters and common themes, and though several seem to be stand alone stories, nearly every single one of them is a highly enjoyable trip down “What the fuck?!” lane.
The breadth of stories contained within NIGHTMARE WORLD are about as varied as any you will ever see in one collection of comics. They cover numerous plots, such as unfaithful men finding their comeuppance in a way they never imagined, demons locked in a domestic dispute, psychotic murderers professing their love, dead men making amends and creatures from a Japanese horror film finding something in common. The themes range from darkly disturbing to black comedy to just plain comedy to completely random, so undoubtedly there is something for everyone. Another advantage of this multi-tale format is each story is only eight pages long, therefore if one story is not to the reader’s liking, it won’t be long before they are treated to an entirely new story with different characters and artwork.
Several artists were recruited for the creation of this comic, adding yet another advantage to this amazing book. Each artists’ work seem to fit flawlessly with the story they were paired with, and each artists’ style is utter unique, ensuring the book remains fresh throughout its two hundred pages. One story was told in stick figure format which really heightened the hilarity of the content, another was leaning more towards the creepy, mystical side, a feeling which was bolstered by the hazy, pastel look of the art.
Props must be given to Shadowline for their easy-read web comic format, allowing the stories to shine, but naturally most of the accolades go to Manning for his expansive imagination and his bevy of artists, each of which more than hold their own in this diverse and massively entertaining collection of comic stories.