Worry Doll is a graphic masterpiece written and illustrated by Matt Coyle, co-author of the 1996 graphic novel Registry of Death. Worry Doll was originally published in 2007, but has now been re-released as a new edition with an added foreword by Shaun Tan, known for works such as The Arrival and The Lost Thing.
While at first glance Worry Doll appears to be a children’s book, it’s actually a mature and terrifying tale of three dolls who embark on murderous rampage. The illustrations from front-to-back are detailed in ways that leave you both mesmerized and horrified. Matt Coyle’s Gothic Noir inspired graphic novel is non-traditional and not for the faint-hearted.
After the first read, I wasn’t exactly sure what I just experienced. So, I decided to study the graphic novel again five more times…but my mind still cannot fully comprehend what I was reading.
And I absolutely love it with a passion.
The story and illustrations all feel like a terrible nightmare that keeps replaying through your head in a wild attempt to make sense of it all. The reader is able to take full control of what they believe is reality due to the plot leaving much to the imagination.