Redfork (REVIEW)

Nov 24, 2020

TKO Studios

Written by: Alex Paknadel
Art by: Nil Vendrell
Colors by: Giulia Brusco
Letters by: Ryan Ferrier

There’s not a competition for “Best Book from TKO Studios’ Third Wave,” but if there was, that honor would undoubtedly go to Redfork.

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights’ wild pace gave its story a unique feel. The Pull surprised and wowed me — I may reread this again at some point, not something I do often. But Alex Paknadel, Nil Vendrell, Giulia Brusco and Ryan Ferrier absolutely crushed it with Redfork.

Yes, I’m making a point to specifically mention the letterer in this — another thing I don’t do often. Reason being, there’s quite a bit of nastiness in Redfork; lots of gross stuff. While Vendrell and Giulia Brusco are the ones who are responsible for burning those images into your head, Ferrier is why your stomach will turn because you can hear these images.

And that’s just a small part of why Redfork is one of the best books TKO Studios has produced.

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Perhaps the biggest reason behind this book’s success is the way Panknadel and Vendrell through you off the scent at the very start of the story. Readers come in knowing there’s some weird stuff going on — this thing is labeled as a supernatural thriller, after all.

While I was waiting for more on the otherworldly aspect of Redfork, I couldn’t help but focus on what transpired in Noah McGlade’s life through the first few pages. It’s pure calamity, and the character handles it in such a way that I doubted my own eyes throughout the first chapter or so. By the time I had everything set straight, the real problem had already begun.

Most, if not all, comic book fans will enjoy Redfork — especially those who are curious about what goes on in the average middle American town.

Score: 9.5

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