Stuff of Nightmares #1
Written by R.L. Stine
Art by A.L. Kaplan
Colors by Roman Titov
Letters by Jim Campbell
The Rundown: Two brothers have found a way to create life, but death will soon follow anyone around them.
The Nightmare Keeper is your guide through a world of the strange and unusual. His first story begins in a nondescript building off the coast where people have a tendency to disappear. When reporter Shara and her boyfriend Diego take a trip to the local beach to talk about Shara’s career, sounds from the building get their attention. Sounds that will bring them face to face with the mysterious Cameron brothers and their assistant Stella.
When the product of their experiments is revealed, they offer Shara the chance to report on it in exchange for her life. Unfortunately, the brothers are hiding bigger and more dangerous secrets away. Secrets they will kill to protect. Secrets that might not remain hidden forever.
The Story: Stine crafts an entertaining story in this first issue. I like the immediacy of the action and the horror and the fact that it jumps right into the heart of the story while also giving the reader the ability to digest and immerse oneself in the world of these characters. An impressive first issue with enough horror and thrills to entice me to read what comes next.
The Art: Kaplan delivers some beautifully detailed and brutal art throughout the issue. The horror is brilliantly graphic and visually arresting.