Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Comics Review: "DEAD BY DAYLIGHT #1" Starts the Fire


STORY: Nadia Shammas
ART: Dillon Snook
COLORS: Emilio Lecce
LETTERS: AndWorld Design's LAME
EDITOR: Phoebe Hedges
COVER: Ivan Tao
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Chris Shehan; Game Over; Lenka Simeckova; Dillon Snook; Jae Lee
32pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (June 2023); On Sale: June 14, 2023

Suggested for mature readers

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror online game that debuted in 2016.  It is a one-versus-four game in which one player takes on the role of a “Killer,” and the other four play as “Survivors.”  The killing is apparently meant to appease a malevolent force known as “the Entity,” the ruler of the realm in which the game is set.

Titan Comics is launching a comic book adaptation, entitled Dead by Daylight, which is a prequel to the game.  It is written by Nadia Shammas; drawn by Dillon Snook; colored by Emilio Lecce; and lettered by AndWorld Design's LAME.

Dead by Daylight #1 opens in 1994 in the forgotten town of Ormond.  Foster kid Frank Morrison is the new kid in town, placed with another asshole foster parent who really doesn't want to care or do much for him.  The first day of school lands him a new friend, Julie, and that connects him to more new friends, such as Julie's sister, Susie, and their friend, Joey.

The four discover that they actually work as a quartet, and soon they're tearing up the town.  But what will come of the chaos they have unleashed on the sleepy, dead-end town of Ormond?

THE LOWDOWN:  Titan Comics has been providing me with PDF copies of their publications for review for several years now.  I don't often take advantage of that, but I am with this new number one issue, Dead by Daylight #1.

Writer Nadia Shammas has scripted a nice first issue that has lots of interesting bits.  Frank, Julie, Susie, and Joey really seem to fit as a group, and Shammas makes them surprisingly likable.  Artist Dillon Snook creates an atmosphere infused to the hilt with intrigue.  There is something dark, but attractive in old Ormond, and Snook's graphical storytelling makes me want to know more.

I didn't know what to expect of Dead by Daylight #1.  I'm not even sure that I'd heard of the video game prior to this comic book, but I can say, dear readers, that I will come back for the second issue.  I've been nicely set up by this debut issue's set-up.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of comic book adaptations of video games will want to try Dead by Daylight.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

YouTube trailer for Dead by Daylight is here.

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