I first read Colder as a collection and was mightily impressed. It reminded me a little of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere in concept, but also drew on my impressions of some of the best psychological fantasy films of my late childhood and early teens, films where the whole world seemed designed to intrigue you and creep you out with the potential for menace. But Colder is, in fact, original to itself, and doesn't need the props of cultural touchstones to reach readers.
The first series, by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, features Declan, longtime (loooongtime) inmate in a mental asylum who has outlived his institutional homes and now seems locked in a kind of waking coma with an unusually low body temperature. When he reveals some of the secrets of his past, and the strange netherworld that lurks in the everyday, to a young woman who takes pity on him, things just get trippier and trippier, aided by Ferreyra's memorable and haunting artwork.
Now Colder is back for a second series as an ongoing, in an arc titled "The Bad Seed" where we're set to learn more about Declan's nightmarish pursuers and where this is all headed, and toying still further with the possibility that insanity is a door into another, relentless world that parallels our own.
Here's our preview of Issue #1 of "The Bad Seed" from Dark Horse:
Colder: The Bad Seed Issue #1 arrives in shops October 22, reaches FOC on September 22nd, and can be found with the item code AUG140097 in Previews.