Review: Frightmare City

“Never ride the subway. Never leave midtown Manhattan. Stay inside after dark – no matter what!”

Writer/Creator: AC Turner

Artists: Fabio Alves, Marcos Lima, and Toni Doya

I was recently contacted by AC Turner about their first venture into comics – Frightmare City.

The concept behind it is pretty awesome. From the Frightmare City website:

“Recently, AC discovered “Welcome To Fear City”, a long forgotten pamphlet distributed by the NYPD. In it, a Hooded Death’s Head warned readers to “Stay away from New York” as authorities grappled with uncontrollable violence that left the city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

Reading the pamphlet, AC thought “what if”?

What if “Welcome To Fear City” was actually a thinly veiled warning against something more sinister than conventional crime. Something more evil. Something that even the Police themselves couldn’t handle.

With this in mind, AC began crafting his own nightmarish version of New York. A city where crimes are perpetrated and punished each in their own horrible way.

Welcome to Frightmare City. Population… you.”

The first story – The Break Up – can be read free online here.

I had the chance to read The Break Up, along with the next two stories in the series. It’s off to a fantastic start!

Frightmare City promises to give us unique stories with each installment, but all tied together under a theme. The twists in the stories are enjoyable, and the art can get downright creepy, which I absolutely adore.

Obviously, I read a lot of horror, and Frightmare City definitely does a good job of standing out.

I love horror stories like this. We get short little stories, all in one go. So we get to be eager for the next issue, while not worrying about remembering every character/plot point from the previous issues.

For a first time venture into the world of creating comics, AC Turner is successfully jumping into it.

Currently, the stories are free to read on FrightmareCity.com or ACTurnerOnline.com – but will be later collected together as a trade paperback.

You can read a new piece of the story the beginning of every month for free – so what’s holding you back?!

Definitely check out Frightmare City and let me know what you think!

-Angel