Title: Mountainhead #1
Words: John Lees
Art: Ryan Lee
Colors: Doug Garbark
Letters: Shawn Lee
Published: August 28, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah roam America in a nomadic existence. Convinced they are being pursued by sinister government forces, Noah has them living off the grid, burgling houses to survive. Elsewhere, on Mount Rector, the lone survivor of a climbing expedition staggers homeward, covered in blood. Both are on an inevitable collision course with the picturesque Canadian resort town of Braeriach. From writer John Lees (SINK) and artist Ryan Lee (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), featuring colors from Doug Garbark and letters from Shawn Lee.
“My father used to say that folk went a special kind of crazy for spending too long in the Rockies. An unnatural place for a man, he’d say. He was right. Nothing about the mountains says we should be up there…”
There always has been, and always will be, bad things lurking in the woods, man. And when your mountain-top hometown is surrounded by woods, well, things are bound to get a little freaky: welcome to Mountainhead.
In an instant, Abraham Stubbs’ life changes drastically, warping his reality in the process, leaving him questioning everything he once knew to be true. His identity is (nearly) stripped from him as his nomadic lifestyle comes to an end. And is that wasn’t enough, it quickly becomes apparent that Abraham’s new home, Canadian resort town, Braeriach, is seated at the center of a dark secret.
John Lees’ dialogue and characterization work is impressive; crafting interesting characters is a must for the modern writer, as readers need to become quickly invested in a protagonist to prevent them from moving on to something else. Mountainhead, so far at least, is filled with interesting characters that support the narrative and aid readers in becoming immersed in the plot.
Much Like John Lees’ script, Ryan Lee’s artwork makes it incredibly easy for readers to get lost in the world of Mountainhead. As visually inviting as Lee’s settings are, it is his character work–his detailed expressions–that make it difficult to look away or put the issue down.
With an air of unease thick enough to cut through, Mountainhead #1 offers readers a thrilling introduction to what promises to be an unforgettable horror series.