The Gathering 14 (2012)

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The Infinite Abyss clearly refers to happiness and joy, because there are no upbeat stories in this black and white horror compilation and only a few with any humor.

Marc Lomardi and Leonardo Gonzalez do have a great punchline in their zombie story and Tatiana Christian and Courtney Thomas are occasionally humorous in their story of soul-sucking mirrors… but otherwise, the jokes are just mean-spirited.

The mean-spirited nature eventually makes it hard to read the comic. It’s just too much in a row; awful, awful thing after awful thing. Jason Snyder and Mikey Sumski’s “wouldn’t it be neat to be a serial killer” is maybe the most off-putting just for their idolization of their lead. Erica J. Heflin and Amanda Rachels, on the other hand, just have super disturbing content.

Some of the stories remind of classic horror comics. Others are just repugnant for repugnance’s sake.

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CREDITS

Prepared; writer, Marc Lombardi; artist, Leonardo Gonzalez; letterer, Erica J. Heflin. Doppleganger; writer, Tatiana Christian; artist and letterer, Courtney Thomas. The Devil & Bobby Jones; writer, Brad Nelson; artist, Brian Defferding. Portrait of a Serial Killer; writer, Jason Snyder; artist, Mikey Sumski. Bump in the Night; writer, Ray Goldfield; artist, Chris Page; letterer, Heflin. The Outsider; writer, Arcadio Bolaños; artist, Juan Alarcón. The Tunnel Home; writer, Jon Westhoff; artist, Bobgar Ornelas. Undead Again; writer, Matthew Louden; artist, Jazel Riley. The Glass Eye; writer, Erica J. Heflin; artist, Amanda Rachels. Hospital Visit; writer, Glenn Matchett; artist and letterer, George Amaru. Preserved; writer, Elena Andrews; artist, David Aspmo. Editors, Matchett and Andrew Foltez; publisher, GrayHaven Comics.

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