The Low, Low Woods

Hill House Comics. Sept. 2020. 160p. ISBN 9781779504524. $24.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
A dying Pennsylvania coal-mining town where sinkholes smolder holds secrets that best friends Eldora and Octavia don’t think much about—until the two high-schoolers fall asleep in an empty movie theatre and wake up certain that something happened to them while the film played. Then uncanny creatures threaten them in the forest, horrifying body changes disfigure a girlfriend as well as her mother, and an upcoming teen party at an abandoned resort seems likely to turn sinister. El and Vee vow to investigate, even asking the local witch for help. But it’s far weirder and far worse than they imagined: a conspiracy implicating half the town in a monstrous wave of deception. The creepy world-building is enhanced by excellent color art from Dani (Coffin Bound), which provides just enough detail while goading the imagination to supply the rest.
VERDICT This smart, scary mystery from sci-fi/fantasist Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) will suck in readers intrigued by haunting body horror wrapped in a women-centered plot.
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