by Emily Carroll; McElderly Books
Through The Woods is an anthology comics of short horror stories by Emily Carroll. The stories are presented in kind of a fairytale, storybook style and share a common theme of lurking horror. They are also just wonderfully creepy as hell. Carroll is a master at drawing out that moment of yawning dread and has designed a series of comics to just viscerally capitalize on it. If you like to be unsettled this is an excellent comic to choose. Through The Woods is also just really smart, really interesting comics. Carroll does some fantastic, experimental things with the use of colour and blank space and lettering and just about every formative element of comics. I often notice one or two things in a comic that I want to examine and show everyone, in Through The Woods there are comics that I just want to pick apart in their entirety on this blog. If you are the kind of person who likes cerebral, virtuosic comics, Through The Woods is a comic you have to read. It's just unreal and you have to see it for yourself.
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