Cutter #1 Review

Written by: Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey

Art by: Christian DiBari

Publisher: Top Cow/Image

As we enter the month of October it seems the greatest time of year is almost upon us; Halloween!! I always enjoy checking out new horror series each year in order to get into a sufficiently spooky mood. I was therefore looking forward to checking out the new 4-part weekly series Cutter. The first issue manages to include a satisfying amount of intrigue and creepiness (as well as a dash of cheese) although is pretty rough around the edges in places.

First, the positives; this first issue has the feeling of an 80s indie horror which is definitely a good thing. The art by Christian DiBari feels very harsh and visceral in all the best ways which lend the comic a very creepy atmosphere. The fact that the issue is in black and white only adds to the indie horror feel and adds to the overall style of the art. When it comes to the writing, there’s a subtle feeling of cheese which I hope was intentional as it makes the issue hugely enjoyable. I can almost see the comic being acted out by B-movie stars complete with over-acting and ominous music. While it may have been a little lacking in the creepiness (except towards then end) it was still highly entertaining.

Sadly, there are a few negatives which held the issue back for me which I hope can be smoothed out in later issues. The main problem I have is with the narrative, things just move way too fast and the scenes change without any sort of indication which can let to a very confusing experience. Some captions describing where we are or what’s happening when would have definitely cleared things up. The dialogue at times can also be a little exposition heavy which also adds to the rushed pace; while I did enjoy the implied cheesiness as stated, the exposition got pretty distracting at times and felt like a lot to take in.

Regardless, I’m still sufficiently intrigued by the central concept enough to check out the rest of the series. Hopefully Napton and Fahey can deliver more of the central concept as the series progresses and can smooth out some of the niggling problems I have. Given the weekly nature of this series it should be over by Halloween, so I’d recommend keeping your eye on this comic if you’re looking for something spooky this year, it has the potential, it just has to deliver on it.