ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Vinyl,’ Issue #1

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Vinyl #1

Vinyl #1 is written by Doug Wagner, art by Daniel Hillyard, colors by Dave Stewart, and letters from Dukeshire. From the creative team that brought you Plastic comes another twisted tale spiraling out of Image Comics, ready to bash your skull in. This creative team is a force to be reckoned with!

Vinyl #1 hits the ground running, focusing on a seemingly pleasant gentleman named Walter who is out for coffee with his best friend, Dennis. But, Dennis is undercover with the FBI hoping to pin a string of murders on Walter, who he believes is the masked murderers that torture his victims to the tune of his favorite songs.

The story plummets into the mouth of madness when the coffee date gets interrupted by a cult of sunflower farmers who have captured Dennis’s daughter and plan to use her as a birth vessel for their cult ceremonies. Dennis is taken away to the compound, where they stay to face indescribable horrors as Walter stands idly by.

All is not as it seems within Walter’s mind. He descends upon the compound searching for his ‘best friend,’ but when he is denied, the psychotic tendencies we are teased with throughout the issue begin surfacing, and bodies start piling up.

All I can say is…. wow. I knew going into this story that it would be twisted, dark, and violent, but this issue makes Plastic seem like a walk in the park! I will say, the pacing in this first issue was rather fast. It covered a lot of groundwork, perfectly, I might add, but I would have loved to see this story unfold a bit slower.

Aside from that, Wagner pushes the envelope further than ever before and delivers a creepy story that makes us feel equal parts uncomfortable and hungry for more. The dialogue he writes is believable, and the plot elements that make this story unique truly shine. The sound of vinyl triggering murderous acts? That is brilliant!

Hillyard’s artwork is familiar yet completely new in this first issue, delivering grotesque panels of violence and gore while simultaneously drawing a gorgeous sunflower field. It is impressive how well Hillyard’s artwork pairs with Eisner-winner Stewart. They are somehow able to deliver impactful and disturbing pages with the most pristine and sharp colors imaginable.

The dynamic art combination makes it hard to turn away from even the most chilling pages. Dukeshire compliments these intense pages with beautiful, well-thought lettering that delivers the same punch as the art does.

Vinyl #1 beat my expectations to a pulp and has now raised the bar in this genre. If this is how the creative team operates, I am eager to finish Vinyl and wait for their next triumph. This is my personal pick of the week, and there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be reading Vinyl #1… unless you’re scared!

Vinyl #1 is available wherever comics are sold on 6/23.

 

 

 

Vinyl #1
4.5

TL;DR

Vinyl #1 beat my expectations to a pulp and has now raised the bar in this genre. If this is how the creative team operates, I am eager to finish Vinyl and wait for their next triumph. This is my personal pick of the week, and there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be reading Vinyl #1… unless you’re scared!