In this original graphic novel written and published by Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson in 2007, Meagan Walters is returning home from the club after a fight with her boyfriend when she’s attacked. Next thing she knows, she’s waking up in a dark house, with someone—or something—waiting for her on the other side of a locked door.
Aside from the revelation of what that something is (which is fairly obvious from the start, to be honest) and what will happen to our heroine, that’s pretty much the entirety of the story. The simplicity of the plot actually works in the story’s favor, however, as it unfolds at a breakneck cinematic speed. The 100+ pages are over before you know it, but sometimes you don’t need an epic meal. Sometimes you just need a morsel. It’s the difference between a 90-minute horror film and an episode of TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
Speaking of which, the artwork by Todd Herman was promoted as being inspired by E.C. Comics here, but I really didn’t pick up that vibe at all. It’s much more in vein with current standards, with suitable enough depictions of the human form—but it’s in the inhuman form where the artwork really shines.
Overall, Cut is fast-paced and quite a bit of fun even though there are few surprises to be found. The horror fan with room on his shelf could do a lot worse. Check it out!