This is a spoiler-free review of Lanky Legs.
I love the horror genre because I want it to be Halloween all the time. I want skulls and blood to run through the streets (plastic of course). I love the thrill of not knowing what is around the next bend. I have always been pulled toward dark imagery. I’ll trade you my flowers and puppies for a few zombies and spider webs.
Lanky Legs Review
Lanky Legs is written and drawn by H48. The book premiered on May 30 2018. The comic is published under H48 Gothic Rhyme. Lanky Legs is a horror story told in poetry format. This book is meant to be read aloud. The inside cover of the book also contains a hyperlink to an audio reading of the story.
A young boy eats a spider. Typically, this is not that big of a deal. We all eat spiders on occasion. It wasn’t until the boy hit adolescence that things started to change. Most people view puberty as a confusing time filled with hormones and awkward feelings. For our protagonist, this experience is much more frightening.
H48 does a lot of cool things with the art in Lanky Legs. Some panels feature what appears to be filtered and edited photos. Other panels contain traditional drawings. Some panels even contain a bit of both.
Though the story is told in panel format, the different uses of art style gave me a vibe similar to a collage or scrap book. I never knew what was coming next. This type of uncertainty only services to help the horror genre.
The majority of the art in Lanky Legs is black and white. Reds are used for accent and emphasis. H48 does a great job of using color to pull the reader’s focus around the page. My favorite page contains a half eaten fox with a single red eye.
The story of Lanky Legs is told as an epic poem. I have seen a few books (outside of children’s books) attempt to do this. H48 pulls this off fantastically. Without standard bubbles and dialogue I can imagine how difficult it must have been to align the stanzas with the panels. H48 excels at this, breaking up the lines and words to fit the flow of the story.
This was my first reading adventure with H48, and I am glad that I decided to take the ride. Lanky Legs offers the reader a fresh take on the standard comic book structure. I wish that more creators took risks like the ones seen in this book. Also, you cannot beat the price. I was able to acquire this fifty-page book for just a dollar!