‘Fear Case #3:’ Advance Comic Book Review

I’m going to be honest: When I first saw Tyler and Hillary Jenkins’ work some years ago (the artists on Fear Case), it didn’t connect with me. That has all changed, and let me preach to you right now: They are brilliant. They have found a way to portray tone that captures the soul of the series they’re working on like few artists have. When I read Fear Case, the imagery, textures, colors, and their choices don’t just show you what you’re looking at, but they invest you in a very specific world. You can feel the Southern California night air around our two Secret Service agents. You walk through the neighborhoods with them. You feel something encroaching, even when there’s nothing there. This is pulp horror noir at its best.

But what is the series about? There is a briefcase that exists that is passed around. If it falls into your hands, you have three days to give it to the person you hate most, or it will go to the person you love the most. Don’t open it. New Secret Service agents are given a year to track it down. For our two protagonists, Winters is threatening to not stop looking for it, and Mitchum wants to be done with it. They are coming upon their final days to find it, and they are close—closer than perhaps they’d like to be.

There is a lot to unpack with this series: the racial undertones and what fear means to our culture in dealing with race. Talking about how stories matter is one of the core missions of Fanbase Press, and Matt Kindt and the Jenkins team are addressing those issues in an incredibly intelligent way through this story. After the twist at the end of issue three, how this four-issue series will play out will hopefully tie together some of my thoughts.

Either way, I’m excited just to be here.


Creative Team: Matt Kindt (writer), Tyler Jenkins (art), Hillary Jenkins (color), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt (assistant editor), Josei Christensen (digital art technician), Patrick Satterfield (designer), Mike Richardson (publisher)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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