Review: Basketful of Heads #1 and #2

“The rain lashes the grassy dunes of Brody Island, and seagulls scream above the bay. A slender figure in a raincoat carries a large wicker basket, which looks like it might be full of melons…covered by a bloodstained scrap of the American flag.

This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man’s neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.

Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn’t long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations…racing to save the man she loves before time runs out. “

Written and Created by Joe Hill

Illustrated by Leomacs

Colored by Dave Stewart

Lettered by Deron Bennett

I was super stoked when I heard Joe Hill would have a few new comics coming out on DC Black Label. I love Joe Hill’s books, and I’ve been reading Locke & Key. Plus, I really enjoy what DC is doing with Black Label. This is obviously a match made in heaven — uh, maybe hell, given the genre — for me.

I finally got the chance to read the first two issues of Basketful of Heads, and I’m very happy to report that it’s exceeding my expectations so far. The writing is great, and I was pleasantly surprised by all of it. I avoided reading much of what with was about so I could go in blindly. Hill’s writing paired with Leomac’s art is absolutely perfect and makes my weird little heart happy.

I can’t wait for issue three.

And, even better, at the back of each Hill House Comics issue – not just Basketful of Heads – is a chapter of a bonus comic – Sea Dogs!

Have you read Basketful of Heads yet? What do you think?