The Creep #0 is about a private detective who suffers from acromegaly, which is a long term condition in which the body produces too much growth hormone and causes brutish facial features, hence the creep name. However, this creep has a name which is Oxel and must investigate a teenage suicide. What has him so intrigued is that the client’s mother is his ex-girlfriend of 23 years. She contacts him after all these years because she wants to know why her son Curtis committed suicide, since he showed no signs of depression and the local PD investigators are no help. It’s revealed that Curtis’s friend committed suicide only two months before he took his own life. From here there is more reveled, however it’s more questions than answers.
Lots of stuff is revealed in this issue and it leaves the reader wanting more. The dialogue is laid out beautifully and it lets the reader take in all the information that is thrown at them. Sometimes with this type of detective stories there can be too much going on and you are forced to take notes as you read. But Writer John Arcudi (A God Somewhere) truly is a master of laying out a simple story we can understand and enjoy.
What I love the most about this book is the artwork by Jonathan Case, he truly shines here. His pencil work is lovely, Ink work is excellent and coloring is gorgeous. He truly makes the book feel like you are emerged in the story but not too dark and gritty with the whole suicide plot. Oxel’s design is perfect and we can really tell he has some sort of deformity but it doesn’t stand out much. Lastly how about Frank Miller (Daredevil, Batman The Dark Knight Returns, 300, Sin City) doing the cover?! I am huge fan of Frank Miller’s work and if it weren’t for his cover I would of not of given this book a chance!
I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of great story telling, beautiful artwork, subtle yet vibrant colors, and Frank Miller. Only thing I would say is this story might hit home to some people so just keep that in mind when picking this up.
The Creep #0 gets 4/5
Also thanks to Facebook follower Val Mata for pointing this out to me: the creep #0 is a reprint of the storyline that was originally printed in Dark Horse presents books, from the past few months.