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Stay Awake Issue 1 comic review

Stay Awake issue 1

Writer/ colours/ letterer/: Joey Oliveria

Artist: Adrian Manuel Garcis

Cover: Robert Geronimo

Publisher: Afterlight


If I’ve said it once I have said it 100 times, Joey writes an incredible horror tale and Stay Awake is no exception.

Stay Awakes origins 

Stay awake was originally intended for the theatre but found its home in the comics medium. The conversations between Dr Banks and Detective Inspector Lane would be perfect for the stage and Stay Awake is certainly a narrative-driven horror tale. Something that Stay Awake may have missed out on had it not been in comics, is the quiet haunting feeling that drips from the panels.

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A tale of horror 

Dr Banks is a renowned psychiatrist specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy, his quiet life is rocketed with the arrival of Detective Inspector Lane and the news about his former patients. 

In issue 1 we learn about the death of Dr Bank’s former patient Audrey Roberts who suffers from sleep paralysis and as we go on we see her final, horrifying moments. 

Creatures that keep you awake 

Visually Stay Awake is very different from other polished titles but it is full of life. The characters wear their emotions on their faces and the monster? Well crikey, the monster is horrible and amazing, As all monsters should be. It reminded me of the gorgeous creatures of Del Toro. I can not wait to see what other awful creations the Afterlight gang have got in the works for the rest of the series. 

 

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Creepy Monster 5!

 

A lurking horror

Stay Awake is a narrative centric horror comic concerned with sleep disorders, pyscharitary and death. It is a series that I predict will only grow with each issue. It lurks in that moment, between awake and sleep where you aren’t sure what is a dream and what is reality.

Joey writes a quiet brand of horror, the kind that smacks of a life long love of the genre and a deep appreciation for well-developed storytelling.

Stay Awake will really unsettle you and we won’t judge you if you need to sleep with the light on.


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