Comic review Dark Daylight Day: Cardinal Sin Part 1
I recently got another opportunity to take a sneak peek look at the latest comic from writer Benito Andino III, who delivers once again with his latest comic Dark Daylight Day; Cardinal Sin Part 1. Filled with stunning artwork and a dark unyielding Lovecraftian style gore, this is a comic which is aimed at the horror fans.
Benito Andino III: Creator-Writer-Letterer
Edwin “ARTEX” Badillo: Artist-Colourist
Giannia Andino: Editor
As Alex finally starts to fall asleep, the visions begin. The suffering, the pain, the blood, it is The Nothing! As the alarm clock suddenly wakes him Alex is initially relieved having been woken from his dream; but this is all too short lived as he starts to feel the void inside him. Suddenly he can feel and hear The Nothing once more and the power begins to grow inside him.
Writer Benito Andino III has described his latest comic Dark Daylight Day as having a “Lovecraft feel” to it and as soon as you start reading you can see why. Grabbing you from the start, the story begins with a dark nightmarish tone, which has a deep sense of foreboding. It is theme which remains throughout and as the various elements of the story unfold the extremities of the violence continue increase. Benito may have crossed over into the horror realm with his previous comics, but this is one for the horror fans, true horror brilliantly conveyed in a comic book format.
The stunning artwork from Edwin “ARTEX” Badillo in Dark Daylight Day is some of the best I have seen form Rare Format Comics, which brillintly captures the tortured emotions of the characters. The detail captures the scene perfectly, although it is the frequent use of facial close-ups, with the characters screaming in fear or pain that for me creates some of the most memorable images. This may be surprising considering the levels of gore in the comic, but the detail with the emotions of the characters really manage to connect with the reader.
With the detailed artwork the colouration for the most part is fairly neutral, with a more sombre tone. This works really well as it allows you to focus on the more detailed elements and the emotions of the characters. With that being said this change during the more extreme and violent moments, the colouration becoming more abstract and erratic to reflect the madness and confusion of his visions.
The story is more complex than you may expect for a first issue. In addition to taking the time to really build up the emotional development of Alex’s character, the story also splinters out into various directions with the story. This eventually however leads back to an earlier event and finishes with an unexpected twist with the ending!
There are several great ideas in the multi-layered story, but one areas which really worked for me was a glimpse into the alternate void from which The Nothing are trying to break through. The visual execution of the world is once again brilliantly portrayed, without giving to much away, and it opens up the possibility to another reality which I am looking forward to them exploring.
The comic uses a familiar reoccurring easter egg with a wall poster in the background, which is used to connect the various stories in the same universe. The poster on this occasion displays a familiar figure who is wearing clowns make up and doing a live stand-up routine at the Punchline club. A venue which is used in the titled comic Punch Line.
Anyone who has seen Benito’s previous work will be familiar with his dark themes and exploration in his stories which cross over into the world of horror, but there is no disputing Dark Daylight Day belongs in the horror world. It is his darkest work so far in which an intense hellish vision is brilliantly conveyed.
In addition to the blood and violence you would expect however, thanks to the creative visual execution, it has a surprising amount of emotion that really captures the plight and suffering of the characters.
I was also impressed by the multi-layered story in which Benito brings together the various events, this time creating an ambiguity regarding the intentions The Nothing and the abilities of Adam. It gives you a taster and leaves you wanting more.
The story sets itself up well brilliantly for the series in the way in which the horror connects with the reader. With so many changes in the course of events it is difficult to see where the story will progress, especially after the twist ending which takes you unexpectedly. The only thing I know we can expect more of is blood and with the events as they are, I won’t be expecting a happy ending!