Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to read and review the ARC for the graphic novel Silk Hills by Brian Level and Ryan Ferrier!
General info about Silk Hills
Silk Hills comes out on the 24th of May, 2022, and is published by Oni Press. It also looks like the first book in a series, perfect Stranger Things fans! Amazon puts this in the Mystery, Thriller & Crime Manga and the Science Fiction Manga (Books) categories!
Our main character Beth Wills, is a private investigator. In this book she goes to Silk Hills, a small Appalachian town that’s seen better days, to find a missing boy. Of course, she didn’t expect all the Stranger Things type stuff that was going down there!
We’re told pretty early that Beth is running from her past; she’s a war veteran who was traumatized by her experience of being trapped underground in a cave. When she gets there she finds out that the town itself is pretty ugly on the inside. It’s also home to some really interesting moths and ‘Dust,’ a drug made from the scales of these moths. As she searches for the boy we’re not sure if what she’s seeing is real, or a hallucination because of the dust.
I’m not a big graphic novel fan, but this one was pretty interesting. I’m also not the biggest fan of the illustrations in this book, not through any fault of their own but just because they’re not my style. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t some really beautiful ones in this book because there were.
We also end on a cliffhanger, and I’m very sure I’ll read the next one in this series!
This atmospheric and stylish mystery set in the Appalachian region is perfect for fans of Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Sons of the Devil.
When Beth Wills comes to Silk Hills, a small Appalachian town that’s seen better days since the mines were abandoned, she expected a bit of culture shock… But not like this! Beth is someone who has a talent for finding people who don’t want to be found, and when she’s called to Silk Hills by a local titan of industry, she can tell that something’s not right. Little does she know…
Silk Hills was once booming, but the only reason people tend to come through town anymore is to buy Mothman merchandise. Before long, Beth finds out just how wrong things can get in the woods, as her search for a missing troubled youth finds her running afoul of the local drug trade, too-friendly creepers, a very sinister deer, and psychoactive moth dust.
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