Review: Mountainhead

Written by John Lees
Art by Ryan Lee
Colors by Doug Garbark
Letters by Shawn Lee

Don’t slow down. Don’t get comfortable. Don’t think you’re safe. Be ready to run. Something sinister lurks in this graphic novel that is part psychological thriller and part horror story.

Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah roam America in a nomadic existence. Convinced they are being pursued by sinister government forces, Noah has them living off the grid, burgling houses to survive. Elsewhere, on Mount Rector, the lone survivor of a climbing expedition staggers homeward, covered in blood. Both are on an inevitable collision course with the picturesque Canadian resort town of Braeriach. Massive storm clouds are brewing. The animals are running. Something else is on its way.

Drawing on elements of psychological drama and horror, Mountainhead is a character driven story with a sinister undercurrent of the monstrous and distinctive visuals that add an uneasy atmosphere to the narrative.”

I avoided knowing anything about Mountainhead before diving into it, solely so I could enjoy the blind dive into horror. And I trust John Lees writing anything (we all remember how much I loved Hotell, I hope), especially horror, so I’m very grateful John sent me the trade to review!

This was such an enthralling read. The journey Abraham goes through is perfectly set up and absolutely heartbreaking. But he isn’t the only character you get attached to, but I’d rather let you discover them for yourself.

There are elements that remind me of The Thing, but on a somewhat larger scale. But the horror is there. Between the storytelling by John Lees, and the incredible art by Ryan Lee and Doug Garbark, this is such a special book that I think every fan of horror would enjoy. The story is fantastic. The art is gruesome in the best possible way. The lettering is great.

Grab the trade of Mountainhead this week!


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