February 22, 2022

It’s not that there’s any particular lack of dark fantasy fiction in the comicsphere, but there is a decided lack of quality dark fantasy. That made it a no brainer when I heard about Si Spurrier’s new project with the Vault, The Rush, or This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills. If that feels like a mouthful, or possibly evocative of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West, don’t worry—both are entirely accurate. The Rush is a grim, bloody dark historical fantasy that takes place in the frozen northern reaches of the American Old West, a tale of a mother’s desperate search for her son who’s disappeared somewhere in the Yukon at the tail end of the 19th century.

But The Rush is also a story of monsters and madness, of inhuman horrors lurking somewhere beyond the edges of perception and sanity. The art in The Rush brings the story to life, thanks to Nathan Gooden’s drawing and Addison Duke’s colors and textures. The art flows, the expressions are lively—especially when the characters are terrified—and it’s all done with a kind of antiqued overlay to the colors which bolsters the old timey feel of of The Rush, not to mention makes the sudden gushes of blood and viscera all the more striking as it seems to leap off the page.

View original: https://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/review-the-rush-by-simon-spurrier/

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