Nightmare Patrol #1
Monsters are fascinating. Don’t believe me? Look at your bookshelves, your digital movie library, or your Netflix queue. How many stories in there are based on Monsters? Trust me, humanity has a fascination with the supernatural and that fascination manifests itself in our arts and our culture. So much so that it has spread into all facets of our lives, including comic books! We were fortunate enough to get a copy of Nightmare Patrol #1, written by Jeff an Bruce Haas, with pencils by JC, and colors by Mae Hao.
What’s the premise of Nightmare Patrol? What’s it sound like. A group of monsters, straight out of Universal’s black and white horror movies, are charged with handling paranormal adversaries that normal humans just can’t handle. But the real treasure about these monsters is that they are raw, untrained, and still retain pieces of their humanity – most notably their free will. Which is both a blessing and a detriment to those would use The Nightmare Patrol as a weapon. As such their first deployment goes more than a little awry, but definitely promises to an interesting ride as the comic book progresses through the next few issues.
Here’s the Nightmare Patrol
But who’s on the team? There’s Nightcorpse, your average 20-something turned vampire. Dr. Byron Poe, psychologist who moonlights as a werewolf. Hester Mathers, femme fatale in form and resident witchcraft expert. And The Golem…who is just what he sounds like, a hulking Golem.
The writing in this book is rather clever. There’s a lot of time jumping during the narrative, hopping between “24 hours ago” to “2 minutes ago” to “The Present!” and then as far back as 2 months ago. It keeps the reader focused and attentive as they try to piece together the narrative chronologically, and I imagine it was fun to write. There’s even some humor baked into the drama, particularly in the form of our werewolf psychologist, who – while trying to reassure a patient that the government will not be abducting him anytime soon – is abducted during a session. This gives the patient cause for panic and the reader gets a nice laugh.
The art for the story holds up against anything the big two publishers have out right now. Readers have no problem determining what is happening in a given scene, and no two characters (main or otherwise) feel washed out or seem like copies of any other. This is particularly good, because the fodder that the Night Patrol are forced to fight are essentially zombies. And trying to keep them all unique is no easy task. There’s also the use of color that makes the story pop, specifically where Hester is concerned. There’s a scene in which she attempts to divine who is controlling the mob of zombies and the faint glow she exudes is executed well.
For a first issue from an indie publisher there’s no reason not to give this comic a try. And just like most independently developed creations, there’s a lot of love and history behind the story, as we find out in the afterward. “This is project of passion with roots over fifty years deep, traced back to a young boy named Bruce Haas.” I can’t imagine the excitement felt once the book became a reality for the creators. Although there is no dedicated webpage for the book – yet! – you can find them on Facebook or email them for more information.
Until next time folks!