The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen


Rating: 5/5 – Horror (Web)Comics Done Right!
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas

A German U-Boat takes on a top secret mission that’s more than it seems in a horror comic that’s reminiscent of the black and white horror magazines of the 1970s. The story opens with an old man reading a newspaper article that states that a sunken U-Boat has been found near Kirkwall. This prompts him to leave the house in a rush, but not before we see his wife pick up what looks to be a diary that recounts his life and horrific time aboard the U-Boat Bremen. there’s a new page released each Wednesday and so far there’s just under thirty pages so there’s plenty of content for you to catch up on here.

What’s Awesome About it?
This feels like a story that’s right out of an issue of Creepy or Eerie! Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Steve Beach have created a compelling story that although combines elements of horror that we’ve seen before like Nazis and the Occult, they’ve done so in a way that is still frightening and original. The pacing is almost perfect as each week a page is released, only a day or two have passed. Between the story and art you really feel the slow passage of time, and the cramped and claustrophobic feel of the U-Boat.

My Thoughts
I was really surprised at just how well this comic nails atmosphere. The art by Steve Beach really makes this book stand out, and that in no way is meant to disparage the writing. When you see the cargo on the U-Boat for the first time you’ll find yourself lingering on that page for some time as it’s not only perfectly laid out and rendered, but also just so creepy. This is a story I plan on following, and re-reading again. The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen has just given me yet another reason why Wednesdays are the best day of the week!

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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