The fifth and final issue of Colder brings to a close one of the most unique and disturbing horror stories I’ve experienced in years. I’m honestly sorry to see it end, as I feel like I’ve just started to understand the world that writer Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra have created with this book.
In this final issue, series protagonist Declan has tried desperately to save his former caretaker, the lovely and mostly sane Reece, from the clutches of Nimble Jack--a deity-like creature from an twisted dimension that feeds on insanity. The problem is, every time Declan uses his abilities to hop from one dimension to the other, or alleviate someone’s mental illness, his body temperature drops. The weakened state he is in at the start of this issue, allows Nimble Jack to capture him and sets up a great standoff between these two characters that’s been building from the start.
I cannot say enough about how refreshing this book was. There is nothing like Colder out there right now. Between the almost too crazy to follow storyline by Tobin, and Ferreyra’s beautifully deranged art, I want to see more of this world. I’m really hoping there’s a second series in the future, as the adventures of Declan and Reece feel like they've just begun.
5 out of 5 Book of the Year Contenders