Cutter Mini-Series Was Like a Bad Slasher Film
Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey’s Cutter mini-series was an ode to slasher films that didn’t quite live up.
WRITER: Robert Napton, Seamus Kevin Fahey
ARTIST: Christian DiBari
LETTERER: Troy Peteri
PUBLISHER: Top Cow Productions / Image
RELEASE DATE: October 2014
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Cutter was a four issue mini-series released in October 2014. It’s a dark and creepy tale about your past coming back to haunt you. It’s about what could happen if that kid you and your friends picked on came back. But instead of just confronting you, they wanted to kill you. Jeremy is your typical successful husband living the quiet life, but, of course, he and his friends from high school share a horrible secret: Emily, the girl they didn’t defend who died but has now come back to seek revenge.
When I first began reading the four issues that make up Cutter’s run, I wasn’t sure what I was reading, what was going to happen. I can definitely say I wasn’t expecting the end, as I was thinking it was going to fit the supernatural mold it had put itself into in the beginning. I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or not that it wasn’t what I expected. It reads like an ode to the slasher genre, which was really cool, and I do like comics that surprise me in the end, though I really suppose I should’ve saw it coming. Unfortunately, I thought the ending was a little grim (yes, even though this is a comic about a serial killer). Emily’s motivation is a really serious issue that didn’t seem to fit the gore-fest/slasher that was Cutter.
The dialogue was…interesting. It was clunky and awkward a lot of the time. It felt forced and unnatural, causing the comic to be disjointed. Some of the characters say things that are very obviously meant to drive the plot along instead of feeling natural to the story. I felt myself taken out of the story several times for this reason.
I felt the artwork ran along the same lines. Sometimes it would be really well done, dark lines and gorgeous detail – a detailed tablecloth, a perfect hedge, someone’s face with all their features rendered – but in the next panel something would be totally bare, thinly sketched, and basically unrecognizable – the hedge next to a car bumper which you couldn’t tell was a car bumper, someone’s face with absolutely no features. It felt really uneven and uncomfortable. Sometimes, I had to zoom in to actually find out what something was. I felt like some of the slasher-esque scenes felt dulled by their lack of focus – the killer tortures herself by cutting her thigh in the first issue, but had no effect because it was lightly sketched.
Overall, the Cutter mini-series had an interesting story that was a tribute to slasher films and comics. I was intrigued by the plot but put off by the dialogue. I was surprised and satisfied by the cliffhanger ending but not as involved because of the minimally detailed artwork. I would say it’s worth the read if you really like slashers but don’t expect the level of gore you’re probably looking for.