Review: Black Stars Above – Volume 1

A young fur trapper flees her overhearing family only to get lost ina  dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat. The year is 1887 and a storm brews. Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in these woods and it years for what she carries.

Writer: Lonnie Nadley
Artist: Jenna Cha
Colorist: Michael Garland
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Designer: Tim Daniel
MSRP: $17.99
On Sale: 7/29/2020

You may remember a few months ago, I did some New-to-You Comic Book Day posts, basically covering what I read that week. Among those issues, I read the first two issues of a series called Black Stars Above from Vault Comics. Vault was kind enough to let me read the rest of the series for review, and here we are.

Fans of weird, eldritch horror will absolutely love this story. Originally, when I had read the first two issues, I’d went in blind, only knowing two things: it was horror related, and it was from Vault Comics. It was so much more than I’d imagined it could be, completely sucking me in both the first time I read any of it, and now as I’ve finished the whole thing. There’s so much depth, giving us a rich taste of cosmic horror that leaves readers in awe.

But to craft a story this beautiful and dark, you need just the right artists on the job. Jenna Cha illustrates so incredibly, complimented by the color work of Michael Garland. The horrors feel that much more unsettling, including creatures you may or may not grow attached to.

Horror fans that love Lovecraftian feels, this one is for you. Vault Comics has done it again.

You can order Black Stars Above here using my Amazon Affiliate link, or get it through your local comic shop! On sale July 29th, 2020.


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