There are small towns and then there are microscopically small towns. Elks Run is one of those places. It houses a scant population with nerves stretched to the breaking point. In the first issue of tenth anniversary of this title we find a repressed young man yearning for a different life. A boy dies in a tragic accident that is one part teenage prank and one part drunk driver. As the first issue closes we see what one town is willing to do to punish one of its own when they break the rules.
Anyone from a small town or has spent an extended amount of time in one will appreciate the creep factor of this story. The script starts slow with a minor amount of back story and then draws you into a tense narrative that accentuates the ways that small towns can explode in the face of a tragedy. By the final page you will be looking at your neighbors and wondering what people are truly capable of.
Although this series is a time honored favorite in the industry, I have to say the art was a bit of a turn off for me. Elk Run is done in a style that is only a few steps beyond sketchbook. It does lend itself to the creepy tone of the story, but the scratchy ink work still comes off as half finished. I would have loved an artist that could have really captured the facial expressions and vivid action when it comes along. Still, sub par artwork is not that unusual for a horror tale. Fans of a nice, lurid suspense story will not be disappointed by this one.
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