When Elion Blake gets transported to a dark world of horror and grim, forced to experience terror at its base, he vows to become a crosser of realms and find the truth behind the mystery of the other world.
Crosser’s Gate is what I’d call a cross between a thriller and a horror comic. Some people may think these go hand in hand, and in some cases (aka well-written stories), they do. Otherwise you get an attempt at horror, and a whole lot of comical attempts at “thrilling”.
But Dane Celestia manages to create a world that is dark and creepy. You don’t know what is coming around the next corner. I absolutely adore his goose bump-giving, blood-chilling creatures. One look at that face and you have the heebie-jeebies.
As of right now, the audience doesn’t know all that much about the world that Elion Blake is transported to. We don’t know what these creatures are, or how exactly he even got there. But Elion Blake is in the same boat as we are. So as he begins to figure out what is going on, so will we. I love when stories allow the reader and the main character to merge in a way that you feel very connected with what is going on. No one is going to give you a heads up on where you are or what is going to happen, so as the main character figures out the plot, so do you.
Another way Dane Celestia manages to suck the audience in so you are more connected with the story, are the angles. Weird and twisted angles draw the audience’s eyes to focal points, or prevent your eye from focusing anywhere at all. This gives a very disturbing vibe, that causes anxiety in the reader (for me, at least). He has created a world of horror so easily, just by following simple tactics to make the readers uncomfortable.
Not only has he utilized angles, but shading is used in a way to make dark corners darker, as well as highlighting faces to make them more dramatic.
Unfortunately what comes with the dark backgrounds that represent your classic horror themes, is the inability to decipher what exactly is happening. In most cases this is awesome, because it hides away the object or person that is about to jump out at the main character. But where there are action shots, it can be difficult to see them because of so much darkness.
That being said, there are some action shots that are so beautifully done. The little details bring the whole image together.
The tears from her eyes capture such a beautifully sad scene.
All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comic. The art style is perfect for what is being portrayed, and even though some scenes may be dark, they kind of have to be for you to really get a feeling of dread.
I am certainly going to continue reading Crosser’s Gate. I look forward to what lies beyond the corners of this comic (literally). If you enjoy a thrill, and love creepy characters, then you should for sure give Crosser’s Gate a read. I personally have a weakness for horror comics (movies are a different matter), but this one seems like it’ll be worth a read even if you don’t enjoy being scared silly or enjoy having nightmares about creatures with extra wide mouths.
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