Issue #1 of Proctor Valley Road, the debut title from UCP Graphic in association with BOOM! Studios, is set to release on March 24, 2021, and fans of creepy cryptids and urban legends will definitely want to check it out!
Set on one of the most legendary roads in the United States, the comic focuses on August, Rylee, Cora, and Jennie, four misfit teenage girls who just want to raise money to go to a Janis Joplin concert. Giving a spooky tour of Proctor Valley Road seems like the perfect idea to raise some quick cash, but they soon discover that the legends are all too real. After their four friends disappear, the locals blame the girls, and they find themselves on a quest to defeat the horrors and save their missing classmates.
The comic is written by Grant Morrison and Alex Child with art by Naomi Franquiz and Tamra Bonvillain, and if the first issue is any indication, we’re in for a real treat as this story progresses.
While this first issue focuses on establishing characters and building the horrific world they stumble upon, there is plenty to sink your teeth and a highly entertaining read. The diverse cast of central characters are not only immediately identifiable, but they also come with a lot of baggage that will be interesting to see unpacked as we find out more about them.
Story is only half the job of a great comic, however. You have to have the art to back it up, and the Franquiz and Bonvillain do a brilliant job of bringing the visuals to life here.
What I loved most about this initial issue, however, is that it gives the reader just enough to draw us into the story. The ending is not so much a cliffhanger, but rather a promise of more weird and creepy chapters to come.
Look for Proctor Valley Road in local comic stores on March 24, 2021! It will also be available digitally on comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, Madefire, and more!