The Low, Low Woods #1

Writer: Carmen Maria Machado Artist: DaNi Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 18, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 17
8.6Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

Shudder-To-Think, PA, has been on fire for years. The coal mines beneath it are long since abandoned. The woods are full of rabbits with human eyes, a deer woman who stalks hungry girls, and swaths of skinless men. And the people in Shudder-to-Think? Well, they're not doing so well either. When El and Octavia wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the last few hours of their lives, the two teenage dirtbags begin a surreal and terrifying journey to discover the truth about the strange town that they call home.  
DC and Hill House Comics present the comics debut of award-winning, bestselling horror writer Carmen Maria Machad more

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 18, 2019

    This is without a doubt one of the strongest first issues of the year. It draws you into the character's lives, lays out the unnerving nature of the town and it's supernatural tilt and satisfies with visual scares without holding back. The Low, Low Woods deftly combines the supernatural with believable characters and setting with an expert sense of dread. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Dec 18, 2019

    There is not one element ofThe Low Low Woods #1 that feels impersonal, yet all of it feels bigger than this single issue, leaving me eager to add issue-two to my pull list as soon as I can. With one creature shown, I know there is so much more to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Dec 19, 2019

    With an often poetic script and incredible visual aesthetic, the visceral creepiness of "The Low, Low Woods" #1 will linger long after you've closed the book's cover. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Dec 30, 2019

    The Low, Low Woods #1 isnt scary, per se. But its definitely creepy, and its built up enough mystery to hope for some real scares in future issues. Definitely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 18, 2019

    For video game fans, this is essentially a coming-of-age story about growing up in Silent Hill. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Dec 18, 2019

    This is the first work I’ve been exposed to of Dani’s and throughout, their work is evocative and sets the scenes in both a haunting and quiet manner when the need arises. Not all artists have fun with panels when they are creating, but Dani here used multiple different styles and sizes throughout the issue to lead the reader’s eye to where they want you to go. It doesn’t always work, but in this issue, it does. Couple Dani’s linework with the great colors by Bonvillain, and you have a really fun, almost 80s style Denys Cowan aesthetic to it. Great work! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Dec 18, 2019

    This, of course, is a character development issue so we get to know who Vee and El are, their social lives, their family situations, and the history of the town that they live in. I like the time setting, and the art and overall style of the book looks like it could come from a 1995 indie comic. The deer thing does seem out of place with the rest of what's going on such as memory loss and an underground fire, but the issue does what it's supposed to do: invest me in the characters and the story and make me interested in moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Tanner Dedmon Dec 18, 2019

    The Low, Low Woods throws a lot at readers in its first issue and takes some time to ease into, but the relationship between El and Octavia becomes a more compelling one as we learn more about the pair and the rundown town they find themselves stuck in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0

    Not entirely sure as of yet, but this issue gave me just enough to be curious and intrigued to continue.

  • 7.0
    A7sus420 Dec 30, 2019

    Overall really enjoyed it. Nice creepy build. However the dialogue often felt disjointed and i have no idea what to make of the ending. Favorite panel was Jessica and her friends; Loved the coloring.

  • 6.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Dec 20, 2019

    This was fine. I wasn't blown away. This was mostly a character issue, but the problem, as it is with so many of these types of comics, is that the characters aren't that interesting. They're fine, just like this issue. I don't feel the need to find out what happens next, but I'll keep reading for some reason.

  • 6.5
    BitchWitcher Dec 19, 2019

    I was so excited to fall in love with The Low, Low Woods, so it frankly quite sucks that it just ended up being very "meh". The other Hill House comics already out have blown me away every issue, but this one just wasn't it.

    It's a highly expository issue with little meat to its bones - art and writing wise. The two main characters, Vee and El, are endearing but we don't get much insight into them and the little we get isn't enough. Their predicament is potentially interesting, but the pacing is tediously slow and the art was too lacking in detail to do the heavy lifting while the plot meandered. The cliffhanger at the end is so bizarrely vague I thought I was missing pages for a second.

    Again, I'm not happy I feel thi more

  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Jan 30, 2020

    This was okay. I don’t know that it’s really going anywhere interesting, but I guess I could be surprised. The characters are sort of whatever, I don’t know why I should like them yet.

  • 4.5
    I Review Comics Jan 12, 2021

    The Hillhouse line of DC Comics has been really hit and miss so far. For every hit (Basketful of Heads, Dollhouse Family) there is a misfire (Daphne Byrne). Unfortunately, The Low, Low Woods also stumbles out of the gate.

    There are several problems with this comic. The primary concern is that the series is gonna be decompressed. The series was on my pull list so I have the entire series but I can't imagine someone randomly finding this series, reading this issue, and thinking Fuck Yeah! this is great.

    The book's problems also extend to the cover and art direction. Neither cover sell the concept of the series. They aren't scary nor do they convey the tension needed for a horror comic. It's strange that neither cover d more

  • 4.5
    Azrael Dec 22, 2019

    A pretty poor start. The main characters are unlikable and just are not written well. The overall plot is ok-ish but hopefully it builds steam.

  • 3.5
    Briton Jan 1, 2020

    Identity politics abound, the main characters are annoying, the artwork is crap and the story is incoherent.

  • 2.5
    ohhaimark Dec 21, 2019


    -The art exists. It’s a shame that’s the best part of the comic, but it is.

    -There was some moderately interesting body horror here.

    THE BAD:

    -Yikes. I hated this.

    -Boy, these characters are annoying.

    -Oh god, this writing is really bad.

    -I’m sorry, it’s such a little thing, but the town being named Shudder-To-Think in a comic meant to be taken seriously is just stupid.

    -Yeah, no, you can’t get me to care about your stupid and uninteresting town backstory.

    -Yeah, I’m done. I’m not wasting 4 bucks on this shit again. It’s a shame, I really wanted to like the Hill House comics, but I didn’t. Basketful Of Heads more

  • 1.0
    HallowsEveCat Feb 25, 2021

    Hated it right away. Too much weird stuff going on.

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    Inknight033 Dec 18, 2019

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  • 7.5
    Radar Dec 21, 2019

  • 7.0
    A May Jan 11, 2020

  • 6.5
    Geoff3P Dec 19, 2019

  • 6.0
    klim Jan 15, 2022

  • 5.0
    batman_forever Jan 4, 2020

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