A main issue of horror comics as opposed to horror films is the pacing. Horror films are paced in a way that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat whereas comics are paced to the speed you choose to read them thus, frankly, making them not particularly scary. Pixu sidesteps this issue by hitting the ground running and using dialogue conservatively, forcing you to read the book at a fast pace. This means you don’t have time to prepare for the horrific thing that inevitably on the next page turn. Whether or not this was a conscious decision on the creators part or deemed necessary due to all creators involved being artists first and writers second is unsure, yet whatever the reasons were it has worked to the books benefit.
The book is a high watermark for how comics should be drawn. Each artist, master creators in their own right, compliment each others style by all utilizing thick black ink strokes and no colour, adding to the sense of horror. Twins Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon are two of the hottest creators working today, fresh off their universally acclaimed Daytripper, and their style shows consistent displays of quality. For anyone unfamiliar with their work the best description would be a juxtaposition of Mike Mignola, Guy Davis and Quentin Blake, the master illustrator of Roald Dahl’s sublime children’s novels. Becky Cloonan and Vasilis Lolos have a similar style to each other. Evidently influenced by manga and in particular the horror side of manga, Cloonan and Lolos steal the show when it comes to showing the grotesque and horrific situations that occur in the second half of the book. One or two of the images will stay with you long after the book has been put down.
As well as being the purveyor of the coolest name in comics, Rafael Grampa created Mesmo Delivery back in 2007. Originally published by future independent comics powerhouse AdHouse books, Mesmo Delivery fell out of print and was impossible to get at cover price for a few years until Dark Horse reprinted it last year. The book tells the tale of two men, past his prime boxer Rufo and psychotic Elvis impersonator Sangrecco, driving a mysterious cargo across country to a non determined destination. More importantly, the book is a showcase for Grampa’s peerless artwork and his ability to choreograph panel to panel storytelling that is amongst the best that this last decade has seen.