Author Joe Hill, Illustrations Stuart Immonen
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Plunge is a graphic novel mini series written by Joe Hill for his Hill House line of DC comincs. Hill had fantastic success with Locke and Key so it’s good to see him continue in the comic book meidum.
Plunge, however, is not Hill’s greatest work. It’s a seaward horror tale that delves into the grotesque and supernatural. But even with all of that it’s overly wordy and ultimately adds up to boring.
The best part of Plunge is the images, they provide most of the horror of the book. It would be difficult to showcase the best parts without ruining the shock value though. Like a horror movie trailer that shows off all of the best jump scares! I hate that, I’m not going to do that to you so here’s a less spoiler-y page:
The book is dark and ominous, attempting to create a thick foggy atmosphere of horror. The problem is that it takes it in too many directions. It has trouble focusing on one scary thing and instead throws everything onto the page. Just when I thought I had figured out what was going on they added more. It became jumbled and I lost interest.
Honestly, at this point it’s been weeks since I read Plunge and even after I read through my notes I’m struggling to remember what happened in it. That’s never a good sign. Being forgetable is a great sin for any form of entertainment. But as we’ve seen from Joe Hill before, his quality varies wildly.
This is not a bad thing. Joe Hill takes risks. He tries new things. They don’t always hit. But that’s okay because at least he’s not telling the same story over and over again. When he does hit it’s freaking great. So I’ll keep reading him, patiently waiting for that next hit.
3/5 boats 🚢🚢🚢
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Buy it here: Plunge (Hill House Comics)