Comic Book Review: Spectregraph #1

Comic Book Review: Spectregraph #1

By Nolan P. Smith


DSTLRY has been consistently delivering some of the most intriguing narratives in the comic book industry. When I heard about Spectregraph, my excitement grew, and I decided to review it with a physical copy in hand. As a lifelong comic book aficionado, there’s something uniquely satisfying about holding a comic book and experiencing its artistry firsthand, especially with DSTLRY’s impeccable print quality.

DSTLRY is known for its magazine-sized comics, a format that might not appeal to everyone. However, I find the larger presentation enhances the storytelling experience, allowing the artwork to truly shine. With Spectregraph #1, written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Christian Ward, we are introduced to a gripping tale of the occult and the supernatural.

The story centers around a mansion on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a structure with a sinister history. Constructed by a wealthy man obsessed with the afterlife, this mansion is more of a complex mechanism than a home. With his passing, the mansion is now on the market, and Janie, a real estate agent, is tasked with showing the property to some enigmatic clients. Balancing the demands of parenthood and work, Janie leaves her child alone to rush to the mansion. What seems like a routine showing turns into a harrowing experience as she finds herself trapped in a room with a spectral presence.

Tynion IV’s narrative is masterfully crafted, drawing readers into Janie’s world and her relatable struggles. The depiction of her baby left alone is particularly poignant, adding emotional depth to the story. The pacing is deliberate, revealing just enough to captivate and leave readers eagerly anticipating more. Christian Ward’s artwork complements the narrative perfectly, with cinematic panel transitions and expressive character renderings that heighten the eerie atmosphere of the story.

Spectregraph #1 is a fantstic debut, offering a glimpse into what promises to be an intriguing series. DSTLRY  presents it in a visually stunning format that does justice to both the story and the artwork. I highly recommend visiting your local comic shop to pick up the first issue and adding Spectregraph to your pull list. This series is undoubtedly on the path to greatness.

Rating: FIVE Pastrami Nations out of FIVE

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