Writer: Chris Kipiniak
Artist: J.K. Woodward
Colorist: J.K. Woodward
what’s it about?
Theresa is horrified to wake up and find she’s turning into a monster. She learns she’s not the only one when the government throws her into a detention camp with others going through the same transformation. Surrounded by beasts, Theresa tries to hold on to her humanity by training to become a government weapon as part of Project: Behemoth.
Children are changing into monsters right out of a Lovecraft story and no one knows why or how to stop it. Project: Behemoth, headed up by Major Rayne, doesn’t care about any of that. He sees the children as weapons to be trained and pointed at the enemy. Behemoth takes fear and anger embodied by the mutants of X-Men – considering both Kipiniak and Woodward worked on X-Books in the past so the influence is evident – and mixes it with feral creatures whom we will undoubtedly grow to love, from Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, to create a wholly engaging story from start to finish.
Woodward’s art is gorgeous and compliments Kipiniak’s writing organically. Jesse Post’s lettering on this book is as big a star as the writing and the art. The themes of this book are handled in a gut wrenching manner like a parent’s fear of losing a child and a child’s fear of their bodies changing as they mature. Everything about this book blends beautifully together.
Behemoth is a compelling story but in a world populated by monsters their designs aren’t very unique. There’s a big difference between being inspired by Lovecraft and drawing characters that are undeniably Lovevcraftian. If we’re going to fall from these creatures they need to be more readily identifiable and unique in their design. I am assuming we are going to fall in love with some of the monsters we meet. Character design is a small flaw in an otherwise stellar offering from Scout Comic’s Black Caravan imprint. I highly recommend this book to fans of horror and action alike.