Shock Shop #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Danny Luckert, Leila Leiz Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 7, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 5
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Danny Luckert (Regression), and Leila Leiz (The Last Book You'll Ever Read) present a brand-new horror anthology flip comic taking place in a haunted comic book shop with a twisted retailer filled with tales of terror sure to leave you with the lights on.   In Familiars: After a painful divorce, Trevor rents a house and tries to rebuild his life. Soon, he discovers that his house appears to be 'haunted' by more than one spirit and the creatures begin feeding on Trevor's feelings of anger and guilt.  In Something in the Woods, In the Dark: A husband and wife going through a tough time go on a ca more

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Ricardo Denis Aug 10, 2022

    Shock Shop #1 sets the stage for a pair of horror tales that are of equal quality, presented via a refreshingly twisted comics retailer that I hope we get to see more of. The haunted comic shop setup is brilliant and deserves to be explored a bit further, perhaps leaning into metafiction to get at some other kinds of dark happenings as the series progresses. Regardless, the terror on this display in Shock Shop is expertly crafted and is sure to become a mainstay for horror fans that faithfully tuned in either to their favorite anthology show week after week or to went out late at night for the old school double-feature show at the local movie theater. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 7, 2022

    I absolutely love the tone of this story and its slow build up to a truly disturbing cliffhanger. A cliffhanger that was brilliantly executed visually by Leila Leiz. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 7, 2022

    I enjoy anthology books a good deal when done like this so this is a series that scratches a particular itch – and kind of makes me miss Dark Horse Presents all the more. Bunn plays in a couple of different areas here but I like that the characters are all primarily adults that are who we follow and it's not going for the cheap seats of scares. They're creepy and detailed but have some neat twists as well. The artwork is great and the potential for a lot of fun depending on the length of tales could make for some really good variety as it progresses. I'm definitely on board. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - tcreadscomics Sep 7, 2022

    Luckert must also be singled out for his depiction of the married couple in the first story. The subtext of their deteriorating marriage is communicated entirely through the art before a single line of dialogue even hints toward it. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    GWW - B Ferg Sep 7, 2022

    Cullen Bunn digs into the dirt and unearths a classic tone for a current comic. Channeling both the Crypt and the Creep, the two tales summoned up from Shock Shop # 1 follow some stereotypical setups. The pacing of both stories really felt like an early 80's horror movie, or comic. Modern horror finds a way to present threats as new arrivals to our doorsteps; Bunn, taking a lesson from Horror Masters, shows it was always close to home; and heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 16, 2022

    With horror not being my cup of tea, I have to work a little harder to try and enjoy it. With Cullen Bunn however, you get a writer who can wrap emotional stories around the expected and, dare I say, the familiar things in the dark. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Aug 29, 2022

    Shock Shop is an entertaining comic with some wonderful artwork and smart character building. However, the short chapter approach, and underused hostess, leaves an unsatisfied feeling with the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Meher Shiblee Sep 7, 2022

    I liked the stories, and the direction they seem to be going in, but I did feel like I did not get to spend nearly enough time with them to create any real tension. As of now, I do that care too much about the characters, but I am hoping that will change with the next issue. I wont be giving up on this one just as yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - John Schaidler Sep 6, 2022

    Both stories work well on their own but prompt the obvious question: why did the creators and publisher use the flip format in the first place? Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Logan Moore Sep 7, 2022

    While these tales are going to continue to be told in future issues, the brief nature of each storyline makes Shock Shop hard to get invested in for the time being. Read Full Review

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