The Belfry #1 is the kind of comic that you’re going to read, and re-read, and re-read again, and when you’re “done,” you’re going to recommend it to your friend that doesn’t get Horror comics, as well as the friend that does. It is the kind of comic that you love so much, you dock half of a point when rating it because you’re DEVASTATED that it’s only a one-shot.
So, what’s The Belfry #1 about?
“AN ALL-NEW HORROR ONE-SHOT FROM GABRIEL HARDMAN! When an airliner crashes in a remote jungle, everyone walks away unscathed only to find you can’t escape the lush, brutal world of the Belfry. From Logan storyboard artist and Hugo Award-nominated writer/artist GABRIEL HARDMAN (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, KINSKI, Star Wars Legacy), THE BELFRY is a self-contained one-shot that may just strip you of your humanity.”
The Belfry #1 is an amazing work of modern Horror. The comic book industry needs more works like this, and while I do want more and sadly won’t get any (not anytime soon at least), one-shot comics are refreshing. I would have preferred if The Belfry was a one-shot graphic novel—that way I’d get to spend some more time with Gabriel Hardman—but I am thankful to have gotten a story like this at all.
The Belfry #1is delightfully disorientating; violence is coupled perfectly with fear, and the varying panel sizes and shapes, as well as the interesting layouts, work together to pull the reader deeper and deeper into the book, until finally he/she reaches the bottom of the pit, and at that point, is at Hardman’s mercy. By the time that the comic lets go and the story is finished, the chilling concept continues to haunt the reader since there is no apparent end to the story that Hardman has crafted.
Hardman writes with an edge that aligns perfectly with his gritty artwork. At times The Belfry #1 is messy and chaotic and at others, it is beautiful. I can’t say enough positive things about this one-shot, so I am going to absolutely recommend that you read it for yourself. Comics don’t get much better than this…