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Spread #1 Review

5

No. Hope. (And plenty of terror.)

Original posted on June 14th.

The Good

Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm wreak an entirely new form of horror upon us with SPREAD, introducing a thoroughly terrifying infestation that is as scary conceptually as it is on the page. They're playing multiple horror angles here -- aliens, body horror, infections, humanity gone bad -- and it's working.

Strahm's designs for the menacing alien organisms -- coupled with Felipe Sobreiro's decisive palette choices that guide your eyes right to the red -- are chill-inducing. They're intense, and totally evocative of every creepy body-horror thing you can imagine. Intestines, bones, eyes, teeth…and then there's the infectious property. Plus, there are multiple subspecies of the Spread, and they're each horrific in their own way.

And if the Spread itself weren't enough to keep things sprinting forward, the world it occupies is curious and bleak, and begging for more exploration. From what we get to see in Issue #1, it's rife with danger, both predictable and totally surprising.

Thrill factor isn't all SPREAD has to offer -- we're starting to meet some fascinating characters with undoubtedly interesting arcs, and getting a glimpse of how humanity has degenerated in the wake of the infection. With cast members named "No" and "Hope," there's some cerebral stuff going on that I'm sure will play out in the long game.

The Bad

Nightmares. So many nightmares. I can't look at red stuff right now.

The Verdict

SPREAD is not for the faint of heart, but it's a well-crafted thriller with tons of nightmare-inducing potential. It's utterly creepy, but has strong thematic undertones that elevate it and give the series a clear direction. Bonus points: No has a total Wolverine vibe.

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Posted by MixMastaMicah5

I have this pre-ordered. Glad it seems to be a quality story.

Edited by longbowhunter

I heard this described as Lone Wolf & Cub meets the Thing.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Looking forward to this

Posted by zombietag

so is this pretty similar to Last Of Us or is not?

Posted by Maddpanda531

I need this.

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Posted by Lvenger

Well this certainly sounds interesting though my tastes don't tend to curve towards the horror genre.

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Posted by Lvenger

@jonny_anonymous: Given that I got uncomfortable at the moment in the last Wonder Woman issue, I'm fairly certain I wouldn't have the stomach for the rest of the genre :P

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Posted by iaconpoint

You had me until the Wolverine line.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Justin Jordan + Image + The Thing-ish = sold.

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Posted by The Stegman

Eh, I'll pass.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

I heard this described as Lone Wolf & Cub meets the Thing.

You had me at Lone Wolf and Cub.

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Posted by TheCheeseStabber

THE EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOD WHY THE EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

Posted by ZbvmX

This book is good, spread the word! lol

Posted by Surza7

been hearing alot of good things about this book. I may just have to order it next week when I order the rest of my comics,looks to be up my alley.Heard it has some gruesome images lol

Posted by longbowhunter

This was good. The art definitely outshines the storytelling here. But that obviously could improve next issue or so. I really like the arctic setting. I don't know why but I love a cold wasteland as a setting, it's a thing with me. The creep at the end looks like Michael Berryman, so that scores points with me too. So far Spread is off to a pretty solid start.

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Posted by Nahuel

I wanna read this so bad, but I seriously can't add more comics to my list! Can't even buy them in trades!

Posted by orangedrink888

Read it last night. Fantastic book. Can't wait for the next issue. Definitely adding to my pull. Fun read for sure.

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

Looks interesting. Will give this a read, while waiting for the Strain: The Night Eternal to come out August 20!

Posted by Krypton-115

This looks very interesting.

Posted by Gojira2014

You had me until the Wolverine line.

This.

But I will still read it.

Posted by uberdoku

really into it. i thought the same thing about the Loganess. can't wait for more^^

Posted by uberdoku

@gojira2014 & @iaconpoint - similarities but it's really just the slight resemblance + aloof attitude. it seems a clear distinction of subtlety here; not blatant badass. I reply bc I feel the same--I'm completely wolverine'd out from over-saturation. this is a unique character; you owe yourself a look-over.

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@uberdoku said:

@gojira2014 & @iaconpoint - similarities but it's really just the slight resemblance + aloof attitude. it seems a clear distinction of subtlety here; not blatant badass. I reply bc I feel the same--I'm completely wolverine'd out from over-saturation. this is a unique character; you owe yourself a look-over.

Says it all lol. I love Road Warrior and loved The Thing, so i will give this title a chance anyway :)

Posted by Ms-Lola

Great new book, for sure. I drew parallels with Cable and Hope of the X-Men fame, I couldn't help it, but the environment these two characters find themselves in gives it enough novelty to ignore it.

I especially enjoyed the narrative. I hope this continues.