THE LIVING FINGER #1

 

Excerpt from the AIN’T IT COOL NEWS review, by Lyz Reblin: “There is a feeling of unease that permeates the entire issue. Jason is not a sympathetic character, nor do I wish him to be. Just like any classic mad scientist, Jason is smart enough to defy the laws of nature but dense as a rock when it comes to social interactions. He is separated from romantic society, Wendy is separated from her body. Perhaps that is why they belong together. Or maybe it is because Jason has no boundaries. He pushes the limits of what it means to be crazy in love to the point that even Glenn Close would call him a whackjob. The comic builds, both visually and narratively, to an uncomfortable tenseness. […] The LIVING FINGER is intriguing. Just as Jason becomes obsessed with a finger, we become obsessed with him. There’s something not right about a young man who will go to such lengths to find love, yet you continue to turn the page. The comic’s title might sound like a Roger Corman movie, but this book is hardly horror schlock.”

 

Excerpt from BIG COMIC PAGE review: “Surprisingly, The Living Finger doesn’t feel like it’s going to be schlock horror for the sake of it. The premise is a wonderful set-up for murderous hilarity, but the first issue establishes a tragically funny human reasoning for the inevitable supernatural mayhem. There’s a genuine heart and charm permeating throughout that makes me think this series is going to be a winner. Highly recommended.”

 

Excerpt from the DREAD CENTRAL review, by David Gelmini: “The title of this comic isn’t metaphorical or symbolic; it actually means exactly what it sounds like. And Jason sure has a lot of love for it. So yeah, Jason is not exactly what you’d call “normal,” which is why he doesn’t have many friends. So he decides to make one, but he’ll need a body to attach to that finger… […] And I won’t spoil the ending; man, does it end on one hell of a cliffhanger. Issue #2 cannot come soon enough!”

 

Excerpt from the OMNICOMIC review: “From the outset, Matthams impresses upon the reader that The Living Finger #1 is sufficiently creepy. The core concept of finding a living finger is strange in and of itself, but Matthams goes the extra mile in giving it a conscience and free thought. The script plays out in pretty credible fashion as well when faced with such a find, as Matthams offers two characters who offer different perspectives. Jason is a lot more open-minded about the whole thing, but his friend Trevor takes a more skeptical approach that likely mirrors that of the reader. By the end of the issue its revealed that there’s something more sinister about the finger and Matthams builds up to that reveal pretty organically. […] The [Living] Finger #1 is a story that one could easily see as being an episode of The Twilight Zone. Jason gets in deeper and deeper with something curious and finds that his curiosity may ultimately end up being his undoing. Matthams’ script is easy to read and gets right to it, relying on a slow-burning suspense to propel the narrative. The artwork by Ozdic is equally as unassuming, giving the reader a plain look at the relatively mundane aspects of most people’s lives prior to stumbling upon a free-thinking finger. The Missing Finger #1 is a pretty weird story that promises to get even weirder as it progresses.”

 

Excerpt from the NEWSARAMA review, by Joey Edsall: “While communicating with Wendy, Jason find out that she is in need of a body, a request that occupies much of the comic’s back-half. When he then asks if she had a body originally, Wendy says, via tapping, “no.” And that is when I put the issue down and had legitimate chills. It is just so creatively developed and that moment is perfectly executed. Matthams just gives that little tidbit and refuses to go into it any further. Wendy, the titular character, simply is. There is no explanation given, at least yet, for her existence. An existence which is so strange that a reader can rampantly speculate why or how Wendy exists, yet with how dark and murky that simply detail has made the world of the comic, you will never land on the answer. It is legitimately scary.”

 

Excerpt from the COMICBASTARDS review, by Ben Boruff: “Jason is an upsetting character. His love of the finger is closer to necrophilia than inquisitiveness. This is not a curiosity-killed-the-cat sort of story, and it is not an object-got-your-mind story like Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart. This is a story about a man who inappropriately reacts to loneliness.” (While this review isn’t glowing by any means, it’s well-written and draws some really well thought-out parallels. You should definitely give it a read.)

 

THE LIVING FINGER #2

 

Excerpt from the COMIC CRUSADERS review, by Dawn of Comics: “I enjoy a good thriller/Horror title and this one is better than expected, dark and creepy while having emotion and humour.”

 

Excerpt from the FORCES OF GEEK review, by These guys are doing it. They have a nutty premise. They have nothing but good writing and fantastic art (the cover to number two is my favorite cover this month). It’s compelling. And I love it. More craziness please. This book isn’t for everyone. But hell, it’s out there. And the world of comic books is better for it’s existence. Bravo.

 

Excerpt from the SEQUENTIAL TART review, by Karen Maeda: “This comic appears to be headed toward great situational horror comedy and lots of awkward moments. The writing is good, the art is clean, this one is a winner. Who is it for: Comedic horror folks, teen and older, people who laughed at least 5.6 times at Evil Dead.”

 

Excerpt from the COMICBASTARDS review, by Ben Boruff: “The Living Finger is getting out of hand—and I love it.”