The Low Low Woods has been my favorite series from DC Comics’ Black Label horror imprint Hill House Comics. It’s a mixture of beautiful fantasy and dark dynamic horror. Written by Carmen Maria Machado, with art by Dani, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by Steve Wands, the series is now in The Low Low Woods #5. Centered on two young women and their supernatural town Shudder-To-Think, PA, the series has crafted intimate relationships against its beautifully horrific imagery.
In The Low Low Woods #4, El and Octavia’s paths converged in an unexpected and bizarre way as Machado opens the issue with Octavia telling a story of the first time. The two friends realized that they were shared experiences and maybe bodies. But as this develops, the two come under attack from a mob of Skinless Men erupting from the fiery fissures of Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania. As they siege the house, the two girls take off to seek refuge with the witch, and the plot begins to thicken as Machado begins to open the magical past of the witch and the town.
Now, in The Low Low Woods #5, Octavia and El’s search for their missing memories comes to a head when the terrible secrets of Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania’s past are revealed at last. In these exclusive first look preview pages we get to see the witch’s background, a little bit of her story, and Machado’s depth hand at setting atmosphere and tension with her words. Additionally, the art team brings every emotion to life on the pages.
The Low Low Woods #5 is available May 26th where comics are currently sold. Want to pre-order? Do so with our ComiXology Affiliate Link.
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