Indie Comic Review: Bless The Children
“A unique style of horror comic.”
When the sole survivor of a doomed Westward expedition arrives in a small town, he begins seeing children of whom no one else is aware. Who are they and what do they want? Bless the Children is a 15-page black-and-white Western comic book about the horrors of frontier isolation.
This Horror Story takes place in a small town during 1847. The main character is lost in the desert when he finds the small town where the only resident is a blind woman. Things definitely don’t seem quite right in this town.
The storytelling for this leans toward the basic side of things; it’s only 15 pages. It would’ve been nice if it was a little bit longer so they could’ve developed the story a bit more. The style was kind of weird in my opinion; there were no word balloons, just text boxes. Granted, they did make each characters’ text a different font so you could tell the difference between them, but I still found it kind of an odd choice. I feel this text choice could also make it difficult to read for people who aren’t familiar with this type of comic setup.
I really can’t say I was a fan of the art for this comic. It seemed kind of rushed and looked like it was drawn with a ballpoint pen. This could just be because I read a PDF version of the comic, so it might not have been as detailed as the real version. Of course, I could also see how people might really like this art style. I generally shy away from line art styled comics, but I know some people who love them. The panel layout in this book seems kind of experimental, too. Each panel has a little number in the corner so you know which order to read them in. I thought it was a cool idea, but if a person didn’t notice the numbers they could get confused.
I’m not trying to be mean with all the criticism I’ve made for this comic, I just want to point out some things that can be worked upon moving forward when it comes to the creators’ next individual projects. I haven’t ever put out a comic, so these guys have one up on me in that regard. I just hope they can take some of the critiques from this review and work towards improving in the future. All in all, this comic wasn’t really my cup of tea, but that’s not a knock on its quality. I believe there are plenty of folks out there who will like it. And hey, what better way to judge it than by reading it for yourself!
I’m giving Bless The Children. . .
3 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Created and written by Joseph Duis
Art by Greg Woronchak
Published by Heresy Studios, LLC