Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Underburbs, Volume 1 by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort

Title: The Underburbs, Volume I
Author: Joe Haley and T.J. Dort
Publisher: Rolling Boil Press
Pages: 126
Source/format: Purchased/Paperback
Find it here: Indy Planet

Rating: ☆☆☆1/2

Synopsis (from

A vampire girl from the monster world tries to take over the human world on Halloween night, and it’s up to a young witch –her newest recruit– to stop her! The Underburbs’ first trade paperback collects the first three issues, encompassing all of Countess Winifred’s Halloween invasion on the human world! Also, there are over 30 pages of bonus content including early sketches, artist’s commentary, and deleted scenes!

M Y  T H O U G H T S

One of my friends recommended The Underburbs comic series to me and it's fantastic so far! The creators live locally in the North Shore area of Massachusetts which is pretty awesome considering that is where I reside. I always love to support indie authors and artists. The Underburbs series as a whole is a dark comedy comic series that will satisfy readers who love Halloween, monsters and things that are creepy.

Angela Morgan, a human, is sick on Halloween and it's her last year to go trick-or-treating. Her mom tells her to stay home and to rest but Angela is jealous that everyone is out and about outside, including her brother. Winifred Pale, a vampire, broke through to the human world from the "evil dimension" where she decides to take over the human world with her magic scroll that changes humans into monsters depending on the humans' costumes.

Each page is framed in a black border with skulls at the bottom with the page number and creepy doodles decorate the top of the page with the title of the comic issue chapter. The pages are smooth like butter with a semi gloss. The artwork is in black and white. The plot of the story and the art work harmoniously well together. The omnibus includes the first three issues of the comic series and I fell in love with The Underburbs from the first page. I cannot wait to get my hands on the remaining omnibuses in the series.

The Underburbs is engaging, quirky and quite humorous. I highly recommend The Underburbs to readers who love Invader Zim, Squee!, Lenore, Tim Burton and Courtney Crumrin.

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