Digital Comic “ELDRITCH!” Returns to Infect You with its Dark Comedy (Issue #5 Review)
Heads will roll as Anya and Owen come face-to-face once again in the Pool House of Horror.
After a prolonged slumber in the darkest corners of time and space, Aaron Alexovich and Drew Rausch’s insane comic mini-series ELDRITCH! slithers its way back to the spotlight with issue #5 (Screams in the Pool House). When we last left our festering cast of otherworldly misfits, our heroine (Anya) had gone undercover to learn more about her brother Owen and the Order of Tongues, a crazy coalition of freaks bent on infecting the world with their black-tentacled madness. Meanwhile, the enigmatic neighbor from hell Ted Newbarn had finally manned up and decided to bring down the Order once and for all.
Instead of Mr. Newbarn, however, this issue finds Anya returning to foil Owen and the Order. The action also returns this time around as the freaks truly do come out and in spectacular fashion courtesy of Rausch with forms so twisted that I can imagine would only otherwise exist in minds of H.R. Giger and Clive Barker. We’re talking split rib cages that transform into monstrous mouth-holes, freaky spider-clown chicks, disembodied heads with tentacles… you get the picture. Even more frightening, though, seems to be Owen’s slow descent into the darkness of his newfound powers.
The story ends on a sinister note with Anya’s life hanging in the balance and with only one issue left to go in this mini-series it will be interesting to see how – or even if – she’ll make it out alive. Let’s not forget the noticeably absent Mr. Newbarn either, his grudge with the Order is sure to come to a head in the grand finale as well.