The Horror Honeys: Horror Comics: Blood & Gourd

Horror Comics: Blood & Gourd

A Comics Honey Review by Shannon

This is revenge for the Pumpkin Pie isn't it?

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene!
Title: Blood & Gourd No. 1
Author: Jenz K. Lund & D.H. Shultis
Artist:  Dave Acosta (Pencils), Fran Gamboa (colours) LC Ruiz & Jessica Jimerson (Letters)
Publisher: Dead Peasant
Released: 2015

Artwork 4/5
Layout 2/5
Writing 4/5
Characters 3/5
Re-Readability 4/5
Total: 3 1/2 out of 5

“Forget going green, you'll be running from orange”

It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, WA- and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins… are ready to pick us. You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these Hell’s lanterns are lit only with the burning desire to watch you die.

Looks like we've got a serious contender for King of the Pumpkin Patch after reading the first issue of Blood & Gourd from indie comic publisher, Dead Peasant. The book is about a mad scientist and his experimental pumpkins wreaking havoc on a country farm. 

Artwork and Layout
The art direction is pretty solid with this comic, I can see a bit of the old Horror feel with the limited colour palettes and the digital texture to resemble pulp paper. 

The illustrations are pretty standard fare with good character and background designs. However I found that the page layout did not serve well for lettering, thus some of the speech balloons I had to reorient them in my head in order for it to make narrative sense.

Despite the small flaws, they still had a lot of visual style going for them, with dramatic and dynamic panels and lots of delectable horror imagery for us to chow down on. When the action starts and all breaks loose, it's quite a visual feast for the eyeballs.

EC gore close-up? CHECK!

Writing
The style of this book is said to be influenced by EC Comics and 70's cult films, however I find Blood & Gourd rather silly for a Horror comic. It feels more like a B-movie you watch at the drive-thru theatre, like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Little Shop of Horrors, I mean come ON! All you need is a theme song like this and you're set:

There are Butt Pumpkins flying around, nomming on people's heads, plants growing in and out of people's orifices, many cheesy one-liners, puns and double entendres (am I the only one making perverted giggles because of Seminal Chemicals?)

In short, Blood & Gourd is cheesy as fuck and doesn't take itself too seriously. Its very much a grab some popcorn, sit down and turn your brain off type of comic. Roger Corman would be pleased.

I always knew these were creatures of Satan.

Characters
Blood & Gourd features pretty much your stock horror characters for this type of plot. We're introduced to key characters like Kitty Henderson, the daughter trying to sell the farm before her father, well, buys the farm (Ugh, sorry).

Other characters include: Mason, a weird little kid with a creepy talking toy unicorn, his oblivious brother Tristan and their yuppie mother, along with the various farm hands and the Fair visitors. Lastly the unnamed Scientist, who is the adult version of Linus from Peanuts, as his life-long obsession with the Great Pumpkin takes a turn for the worse.

Basically, there are enough characters to start us off with a nice slice of murder pie, as the entire farm is swarmed and devoured by pumpkins, leaving us with the main cast at the end of the book, as the Great Pumpkin rises to unleash some mayhem upon the Earth.



Look Sam! It's your Daddy! :D

Re-Readability
The first issue is the prologue to a longer storyline, with a shorter arc revolving around the Gourds germinating and killing everyone on the farm. It works as its own read but leaves plenty of questions that are yet to be answered until next issue as Seminal Chemicals starts spreading their seeds across the land...

I swear to God, these fucking puns are going to kill me.

Conclusion
If you are a fan of EC comics and schlocky midnight movie fare, then Blood & Gourd is a comic for you! Despite the small layout issues, the book has enough action, humor, blood, gore (and even some boobs) to keep you reading.
Heck, if this ever becomes a short film, it'd make a nice double feature with Jason Eisener's Christmas horror, Treevenge!

Yep, this perfectly sums up this comic. 

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