Death Head #1 Review

Posted July 15, 2015 by Alexander Handziuk in Comic Books

Written by: Zack and Nick Keller

Art by: Joanna Estep

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Crafting a good piece of Horror is a subtle art form. It requires making the happenings of the story feasible and believable while also making them supernatural and out there. In Death Head #1 the creative team of Zack Keller, Nick Keller and Joanna Estep deliver a surprising issue that is both engrossing and properly terrifying and that will leave you wanting and fearing more.

The book follows three groups of people; a couple who are trying to have a nice second honeymoon away from their kids, a Catholic schoolgirl who is rather promiscuous and a little boy who is being bullied. Reading the press release I learned that the two kids are the children of the vacationing couple but it’s not made clear in the book. However all three different looks into the lives of this family are done rather well and they each have their own distinct styles that match their personalities. That being said the mom and dad scenes stand out among the rest as their banter is funny and the horror they face is equally engaging.

The art duties are handled by Joanna Estep and she more than lives up to the strong precedent set by the story. Her pencils give off a very dark and shadowy feel, reminiscent of Tim Sale’s work. She shows a strong grasp of character emotion and this adds a lot of tension to certain parts of the story. The last page of the issue is also her finest as we get to see a full body shot of the horror that this family will try to escape and it truly is the stuff of nightmares.

Death Head #1 is a standout horror issue that successfully follows the many tropes of horror while also introducing its own dark and terrifying twists. If you love horror or if sleepless nights are your idea of a fun time then give Death Head #1 a try. You won’t regret it.

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Alexander Handziuk

Alex is a comic aficionado who loves Aquaman, Overwatch, the musical Hamilton and medium length strolls on beaches. Check him out on the Comics Dash Podcast, on twitter at @axehandziuk and in real life patrolling the borders of Canada.