This is definitely the creepiest comic I have read. Reading the pages and looking into the artwork is like coming across a dead animal or a car wreck. You don’t want to look at it and you know it will disturb you if you do, but you can’t help yourself. It really feels like I am having a nightmare when I read this. The images are that disturbing.
The other thing that gets me at a visceral level is the powerlessness that the parents feel. It is a parent’s worst fear to have something happen to their child. This comic really plays on the psychological horror experienced by a parent as he or she witnesses their child slowly drawn into the realm of insanity, or worse…
In this issue, Mr. and Mrs. Rook search for their daughter, Sailor, who has disappeared in the woods. There is a great section where Sailor’s dad discovers her cell phone with a cracked screen. He reads her diary entry on the phone. The illustration shows the lines of text broken and fragmented by cracks in the glass, representing the cracks in Sailor’s sanity as her world begins to splinter.
There’s a house in my neck.
That’s what it feels like. A hollow with a second me living in there. A sick me with her own thoughts, her own dreams.
All she wants is one thing.
To go back to them, the things in the woods.
Sometimes, I think I can hear her screaming in there. Screaming for her parents. I can almost see them, out there in the trees. Waiting behind the branches. They have faces on the sides of their heads, to peek around at me. If I listen I can hear their teeth.
Mom and dad think I’m crazy. And maybe I am. I hope I am. I pinch the lump.
And it’s just a lump. It has no teeth.
I hope it’s a tumor.
Let it be a tumor.
Please be a tumor.
Someone cut it out.
I don’t want to go out there. I hear their teeth at night. Hungry.
Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit. Chit.