Series: Black-Eyed Kids #1
Published: October 12th 2016 Genres: Graphic Novels
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Several years ago, my friend Sam and I were walking around on a crisp winter night. We were in a very rural residential neighborhood. We were approached by a white van filled with pale giggling children with dark eyes. Even the driver looked no older than twelve. They kept asking us where they could find Christmas lights. “Why, they’re all around us,” we replied. “Get in the van and show us,” they said. But these children were hella creepy, and there was no way we’d even consider getting in that van. They got annoyed and drove away down a one-way street and vanished into the night. We never saw them come out.
It was only later that we learned about the legend of the Black-Eyed Children, who are rumored to show up at people’s homes asking to be let in.
So, when my local comic book store had a trade paperback of the Black-Eyed Kids comics, I knew I had to read it. Normally, when I buy a book, I wait a while before I read it. But I devoured Black-Eyed Kids Vol. 1 the moment I got home. It presents an eerie take on the Black-Eyed Children legend, and I loved it. It’s about a little kid named Michael, and he’s turning. And apparently the process of turning from a normal child into a black-eyed kid involves killing your entire family. Meanwhile, a woman named Meredith has been abducted by the black-eyed kids, who want her to chronicle the demise of humanity.
The art in Black-Eyed Kids adds to the creepiness factor. Most of the panels are drawn in blue-tinged nighttime colors, which are dramatically interspersed with short bursts of red for impact. It has the feeling of a nighttime storm. It set the mood so well.
The ending did feel somewhat abrupt–most of the trades I read feel like more of a complete piece of the story arc. But I suppose that just means that I’ll have to buy the next volume when it’s released in April.
If you’re into creepy and atmospheric horror, then Black-Eyed Kids is a solid choice that explores an urban legend that isn’t already overdone in mainstream media.