Title: Autumnal #1
Words: Daniel Kraus
Art: Chris Shehan
Colors: Jason Wordie
Published: September 23, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire. From NY Times best-selling author, Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, The Living Dead), and rising star Chris Shehan, comes a haunting vision of America’s prettiest autumn.”
Autumnal, a spooky mansion story just in time for Halloween begins in some well-traveled territory. The main character Kat Somerville is a troubled woman with a young daughter Sybil, who is about to be expelled for a fight at school. Then Kat gets a mysterious phone call that leads to her estranged mother’s funeral and the inheritance of a creepy old house in New England.
Naturally, she takes the opportunity to leave town and hopefully her problems behind, but there is no doubt her choice will lead to another frying pan into fire horror scenario. Fortunately, the main characters are scrappy and sympathetic enough from the get-go to want to see where this story leads.
Though the introduction is familiar enough, Danie Kraus wastes no time turning the creep factor way up as soon as Kat and Sybil arrive in the new town. Kat starts to remember unsettling memory fragments from her childhood as she overhears a strange song is sung by the local youngsters. Then she must go inside the funeral home to see her mother’s body where the real horror is having to face the past.
The Bottom Line
Autumnal, a tense psychological thriller that is also sad and sinister with a promise to get even more disturbing, but in the right kind of creeping malice sort of way.