"Grave Danger #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Comix AF
Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Mike Norton w/ layout assistance by Dave Stokes
Colored by Allen Passalaqua
Lettered by Crank!
2018, 25 Pages
Clad in a dark suit and bright orange high-tops, Grave Danger is flying into action to fight off all kinds of supernatural mischief makers as an agent of Headstone. She's on a case dealing with human trafficking, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Grave is about to uncover a whole lot of mystery, but she's not going to back down from a challenge.
At first, you might think that we have enough supernatural paramilitary organizations in comics with stuff like B.P.R.D. and Morning Star to name a few. Grave Danger provides something new with Headstone, even if it's just its awesome floating angel statue headquarters. Writer Tim Seeley drops just enough hints as to what Headstone is and what it's about to lure you in. I'm full of questions, but they're all the good kind. I just really want to learn more about what's going on and how this agent got wrapped up in it.
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It's also a welcome sight to see Mike Norton's artwork on a horror book again. He had previously worked with Seeley on the incredible Revival and I was sad to see that comic end. Clearly the two haven't missed a beat, as they hit hard with this debut issue.
Based on how agent Grave Danger leaps into action, it's clear that she loves what she does. She is very much in her element, stomping out zombies and assorted monsters. There's a smile on her face as she attacks with her dual batons topped with crosses. You can't deny how awesome she looks. I think it's the shoes that tie it all together. It would be one thing if she was just in a suit, but the high tops add that laissez-faire attitude that gives you a good idea as to her personality.
I will admit that the name is a little cheesy at first. We do get an explanation as to where it comes from, which is handled delicately, albeit a little straightforward. This is done in a flashback shown in a lighter color palette from colorist Allen Passalaqua. It's literally one of Grave's memories and it feels like we're seeing it by peeking into her mind. It was a simpler time for her, but not without its troubles.
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The Grave Danger name is first shown in an awesome full-page spread with the character in midair. Letterer Crank! even underlines the name with a red slash, so you know she's saying it with attitude. You can practically hear a wicked guitar solo kicking up in the background.
Grave Danger presents a pretty awesome storyline right off the bat. It wastes no time diving into the action while also delivering some of the backstory for the main character. We don't get her full origin here, nor is it necessary. There's just enough to hook you with a great premise and an awesome closer. In this debut issue alone there are all kinds of monsters and demons. If this is what a single day in the life of Grave Danger is like, I can't imagine what kind of terrifying adventures are in store.