DC Black Label’s horror imprint Hill House Comics has established itself as a place for some unique horror stories that cut across the genre. Now, Basketful of Heads, the debut series from writer Joe Hill, is in its fourth issue and June Branch, this issues final girl is only getting fiercer. Basketful of Heads #4 is written by Hill, with illustrations by Leomacs, colors by Dave Stewart, and letters by Deron Bennett.
This issue opens right where the last issue left off, with June Branch fighting for her life against a man she thought would help her but instead was in on the invasion of her boyfriend’s home. But, now that she has a basket full of heads that just won’t stop talking about their paranoid fantasies and no one to trust, confused as to where to go, she makes a desperate run for the Brody Island Police Department while she deals with the guilt of taking multiple lives.
But it isn’t just the killing that leaves June dealing with guilt building up, it’s the gaslighting criminal heads in her basket that play innocent and ignore that she was the victim. This results in a beautiful page of June in the truck, rain coming down, and her fighting with herself, crying, attempting to find her center in it all.
Hill has maintained steady pacing throughout each issue, letting us understand June slowly before yanking the rug from under us by twisting her life at the ending of the issue. Basketful of Heads #4 is no different, in fact, its the best of the series yet.
Leomacs’ art this issue is also amazing, specifically in the opening pages when we June fighting for her life against the dirty cop. In the rain and in pain, every bit of this action sequence feels like a film. This is accented by Stewarts’ colors which give the issue, and the series really, the feeling of a 70s slasher. From the yellows to the blood, it all just works.
Additionally, there is an extra push by the creative team to both center June as the quintessential final girl while also having her begin to subvert it. But like every final girl, her naïveté seems to bring her down a dark road towards the climax of the series. With only a few issues left, Basketful of Heads #4 proves that horror fans far and wide should be looking to Hill House Comics and most definitely picking up this title. While I’m still frustrated by the seemingly short length given the inclusion of the Sea Dogs chapter per issue, that’s only because I want more of June’s story.
Basketful of Heads #4 is available where comic books are sold.
Basketful of Heads #4
With only a few issues left, Basketful of Heads #4 proves that horror fans far and wide should be looking to Hill House Comics and most definitely picking up this title.
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