Title: Fear Case #2
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Tyler Jenkins
Colors: Hilary Jenkins
Published: March 3, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “After witnessing a bizarre murder party in a suburban swimming pool, federal agents Winters and Mitchum continue their hunt for the mysterious horror box known as the ”Fear Case,” that plagues those whoever foolishly decide to open it.”
A scant few weeks remain for Agents Winters and Mitchum to get to the bottom of the “Fear Case.” The trail has gotten hotter and more gruesome as they continue to find the recipients of the death box, the casualties mounting. They know they are getting close, but success seems to be slipping away. That, and other interests are making themselves known.
For a comic book that tells a story by mostly depicting two guys talking to each other (in a car, at a diner, etc.) interspersed with scenes of horrendous gore, Matt Kindt’s Fear Case turns out to be quite a bit more than a sum of its parts. It is a detective drama and buddy road trip rendered with riveting and fast-moving dialog. Meanwhile, the traditional clock is ticking in the subconscious of protagonists and readers alike, the suspense never letting up. The fact that the main characters cannot even agree on the nature of the subject of the investigation only adds to unease prevalent throughout the narrative.
Tyler and Hilary Jenkins watercolor musings add to the unreality sense of intrusion to the mundane.
The Bottom Line
Fear Case, as one would hope, is full of some fearsome creepy material, and never lets up. Thrilling and nuanced.