When a leafy, suburban tranquillity is disturbed by Carole Morton - the cruel teenage daughter of newly arrived neighbours-from-hell - it comes as no surprise to our ten year-old narrator that her mother begins receiving prank phone calls. One egged-car and stolen Kylie-disc later, the anti-social behaviour escalates and polite protest fails to remedy the situation. There's only one thing for it: closed curtains must be opened – it's time to introduce the Mortons to the Mansons!
The first title from V1 Comics, an imprint of Aeon Press, Daddy's Rules is crafted by Bob Neilson, writer of The Big Fellow and Father Further Investigates, and by artist Carlos Devisia. Resembling a Misty pastiche for the most part – "Your headmaster will hear of this!" – it retains a light tone even when awkwardly toppling into slasher-genre fare, and may prove an agreeable, if unremarkable, distraction to those new to – or not yet jaded by – standard-issue shockers.
US size, b/w interior, 32 pages, £2.50 / €3.50. Email: comics(at)yellowbrickroad.ie