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A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at email@example.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!
Reader Michael Kyle e-mailed me to suggest Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz’s half of Brought to Light, Shadowplay: The Secret Team (discussing the history of the CIA), under the theory that the truth is often the scariest thing going.
While it is not surprising to people who have read Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, Shadowplay was a stunning piece of narrative work at the time of its release, because of the fact that Moore and Sienkiewicz were able to distill decades of CIA history into a compelling narrative while much of it was “talking heads.” As was later the case with Moore and Campbell, when you have an amazing writer and an amazing artist, well, amazing things can happen.
This tale is told to us by a CIA agent, who is an anthropomorphic American eagle. A recurring bit in the narrative is the discussion of deaths in terms of how many swimming pools their blood would fill…
It is a bone-chillingly clinical way of describing the deaths of thousands of people, and it recurs throughout the comic…
Here’s one of the most disturbing pages in the comics, as Sienkiewicz just goes all out….
Again, here’s the pool measurement used…
Pretty messed up stuff.
And then we get to the end of the tale…
Wow, that is really a scary work. And a fascinating look into the history of the CIA, as well.
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