Issue: I Walk With Monsters #1
Publisher: Vault Comics: Nightfall
Published: November 25, 2020
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Sally Cantirino
Colorist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: Andworld Design
Summary: In Jacey’s past is the Important Man who took away her brother. Now Jacey has David, who sometimes transforms into a terrifying beast. Together, they’ve found a way to live–and to hunt, sniffing out men who prey on the vulnerable. But Jacey and David are about to run into the Important Man again. From Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) and Sally Cantirino (Last Song, We Have To Go Back) comes a haunting story about the monsters that walk beside us all, and sometimes lurk within.
Monster stories are almost always about the ‘monsters’ that men make, or some derivative thereof; the beasts that prowl the pages of these tales are never as bad as their human counterparts. I Walk With Monsters will surely explore the more troubling corners of the human psyche that make its beasts look less…beastly, but it will do so in style, and with a the sort of careful, character-focused attention that will set it apart from the other horror stories currently haunting spinner racks.
I Walk With Monsters #1 moves at an impressive pace; writer Paul Cornell makes good use of readers’ time, balancing exposition with thrill, making this debut feel much more exciting than run of the mill first chapters focused solely on making character introductions and establishing tone.
Although readers are given only a brief peek at the beast that David becomes, Sally Centirino’s rendering of said beast is stunning. While the quieter moments of the issue are also gaze-worthy, Centirino shines when the script provides the space for her to aesthetically explore a concept; this sort of exploration can also be seen in this issue, when the Important Man is first introduced.
Come issue’s end, I’m left eager for more–eager to dig deeper and discover all of the nasty and haunting bits that are lurking just below the surface of this tale. Horror fans should not miss this series.
The Bottom Line
A hair-raising debut that leaves readers wanting more, I Walk With Monsters #1 is a well-crafted introduction to what very well may be your new favorite horror series.