Basketful Of Heads, the first series from prolific writer Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics, continues in issue #3. The series continues to lag even when it has some funny moments and some surprising potential reveals that could lead to an overall great series...
...Basketful of Heads is created written by Hill, illustrated by Leomacs, with coloring by Dave Stewart, and lettering by Deron Bennett. It’s a story about a girl talking to a convict who had his head cut off, which now resides in a basket, oh and every male character in the series calls one of the two female characters bitch, like, a lot. The convicts make sense but when elderly townsfolk do it, it seems lazy and mean spirited and unnecessary.
June as a character is awesome, and written extremely well. So it just does even more of a disservice when she is being called names left and right, even though this takes place in the 80s and honestly sadly represents a lot of men, it's an unfortunate reality but language matters and just having her kick ass or stand-up for herself, doesn't excuse what as of right now just comes off as lazy writing. Especially from a writer of the strength and caliber of Hill, however this reviewer hopes that perhaps it all has a purpose and will enhance the story once all is said and done.
There are some interesting moments for sure and the premise is unique, and worth reading and it is a testament to the strength of Hill House Comics that the one written by Joe Hill himself is so far the weakest. Three issues in it just doesn't have the sense and strength that the other titles have had since issue one of the respective series. Hill has curated a ton of talent to help start out the gate running with an imprint that is going to make a mark, and one can hold out hope that Basketful of Heads will move the plot forward in the next few issues and by the finale it will be as powerful and good as the other titles in the series.
One thing is certain, Joe Hill has a way to tell a story out of seemingly nothing, and it's this fact that gives me hope Basketful Of Heads will transcend, even if it doesn't it is a fun ride and it's an adventure to see what else lies down the path to Hill House Comics. It's a genre fan’s dream imprint and it's one that everyone should be taking notice of.
Pick up Basketful Of Heads #3 and all other Hill House Comics digitally, or at the nearest local comic shop.
By Justin Drabek
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