Title: Under: Scourge of the Sewers | Series: Under #1 | Writer: Christopher Bec | Illustrator: Stefano Raffaelo | Publisher: Titan Comics | Pub. Date: 2017-12-13 | Pages: 53 | Ages: 17+ | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Big honkin’ spiders, (potentially) dead baby | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review consideration | Includes: 2 art preview pages!
Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1
Classic B-movie horror! Some people bury their secrets underground. In megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Lt. Wilson Jericho, disgraced above ground and busted down to an officer in the Sewer Police, thinks he knows everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist Sandra Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the urban legends – and prove that something monstrous will soon crawl out and rip the city apart!n“Great and wise entertainment! If the French nouvelle vague made a Troma movie, this would be it… except it is much more engrossing!” – Lloyd Kaufman, Troma Director
Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1 Review
To put it plainly: I really liked this. I thought the art was great, I loved the way it felt like I could get lost in the characters’ eyes in certain panels. I felt like the colors complemented the illustrations perfectly. I have never read anything from Christopher Bec or Steffano Rafaello before, but Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1 put them both high on my list to check out again. The storyline itself isn’t anything new, but its interesting nonetheless. I love almost anything that dabbled in cryptozoology, and the classics like “Alligators in the sewers” beg to be written about in one form or another.
The panels were easy to follow. Always a plus. The dialogue was solid. The gigantic sewer alligator (pictured below in the 2nd art page) made me obscenely happy. The action was well communicated. The characters that we are introduced to have the potential to be interesting. The main male character, Jericho, has a fairly typical pain-death-trauma in his background, so I didn’t care much about him. However, the female, Dr. Yeatman, I almost instantly liked. She’s curious, nerdy, and unafraid to get her hands dirty, but at the same time isn’t above squeaking and stomping something to death. It makes her fun to read about.
It was an enjoyable reading experience from beginning to end. Well, almost. I say ‘almost’ only because the last few panels were really disturbing. Part of me is curious where they’re going with it, and part of me really doesn’t want to know!
Overall, I think they have a good thing starting in Under. I think Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1 was a great beginning, and I already can’t wait for the next issue to come out.
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they are supposed to be giant, blind, ALBINO, sewer alligators.
Just kidding. I’m being overly picky. This looks fantastic!
That bottom picture does look like an all-white gator, though; just like Moby Dick!
If I see that guy, he is going to end up as a set of luggage for Miss Plumtartt.
Now I have visions of a ferocious battle between Mr Temperance and the alligator…
Oh boy. This does look good. Already wishing it was made into some genre of film!
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