By: Joe Lansdale, Keith Lansdale, Dan Braun, Bill Morrison, Martin Salvador & Archie Goodwin (writers), Guus Floor, Patric Reynolds, Wilfredo Torres, Steve Skeates & Steve Ditko (artists) and Nate Piekos (letters)
The Story: Uncle Creepy is back with three new tales of terror and two old reprints from the Creepy archives.
Review: This isn’t a “bad” issue of Creepy, but it does commit the cardinal sin of an anthology: It doesn’t have a singular story that sets your socks on fire. Probably the closest to excellence that this issue comes is with the second story: “The Shroud” by Dan Braun and Patric Reynolds. This snappy little story involves a young couple that visits an auction and acquires a creepy shroud with a demonic face on it. It’s kind of an evil-looking Shroud of Turin. That’s just not going to turn out well! Reynolds’ art is crisp and the only thing holding this story back is that it ended kinda suddenly. My two cents is that they could’ve ditched a panel or two of people nagging the guy to get rid of the shroud and had another couple panels at the end.
The other two new stories aren’t bad, but don’t do anything to stand out. “Mud” was an interesting concept, but the art was too… well… muddy for me to really enjoy it that much. “Bloodsuckers” was also just okay.
Dark Horse gives us TWO old reprint stories in this issue. On one hand, it DOES expose readers to the excellence of those old Warren Publishing Creepy magazines. Whether you collect the single issues (like me) or buy the archives that Dark Horse is publishing, those are MUST READS for any horror fan. On the other hand, neither of these two stories are picked from the A-list of old Creepy material and it seems a little cheap to sell us a “new” comic that is 40% reprint material.
Conclusion: Not the greatest issue of Creepy, to be honest. With the sheer number of modern day creators who hold the Warren Publishing version of Creepy in such high regard, I’m a little surprised that we can’t get a little better material than this. I expect more than an “okay” comic from something with a quarterly publishing schedule.