It’s never easy to explore and discuss details of a shorter tale. Writer Thom Burgess and artist Barney Bodoano have delivered a new tale for lover of the macabre, but at just 40-pages it’s a little challenging to delve too deep into the story without uncorking details that would most certainly extinguish any potential flames of surprise. But what the hey, I’ll give it a go!
The Eyrie is a dark and compelling tale of a ghastly action taken against men on a quest to make a living, albeit illegally, long ago. These men were ultimately wronged in life, and they are not at rest in the next phase of existence. One unfortunate young lady scouting Sussex, England, working while beefing up her photography portfolio finds herself stuck in the middle a rage that’s been building for years. Now a possible victim in the making, it’s up to the ambitious, Rebecca to either solve an age-old mystery, or get the hell out of England while she still has a pulse.
Burgess’ story runs a smooth course. It’s as informative as it need be, but a little ambiguous where mystery has the window to climb through. It’s an obvious method of keeping the reader curious and engaged, and I’ve got to say, it’s awfully successful.
Bodoano’s artwork is brilliant, and almost feels as though a German expressionist film has climbed directly onto page. It’s an atypical artistic style, and while it won’t likely win crowds over unanimously, those of us who look for unorthodox imagery, or even have a love for expressionist cinema are going to find Bodoano’s artwork to be nothing short of mesmerizing.
There’s a cool H.P. Lovecraft vibe to the story, and while that holds value and appeal to me, it’s the humanity of the story that pushes this book into the ranks of the stronger graphic novels out there. There’s some emotion invested in a few of these characters and that translates well on page. All in all, expect a grim tale that’s assembled beautifully by both writer Thom Burgess and artist Barney Bodoano.