Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hellraiser #1 - Review

Clive Barker's Cult Hit Lands at BOOM STUDIOS!

Based on the film series of the same name, Hellraiser #1 kicks off a new take on the cult smash horror film with a broader scope and more characters. Pinhead, the infamous "angel" who acts as the priest of the lament configuration (the puzzle box that can open the path to Hell), wants to be human again. Many have tried in his position and failed, but Pinhead believes that he can achieve his goal. He has a replacement in mind, though the replacement's name is still a mystery. The only thing that's certain is that Kristy Cotton, the original heroine from the first two films, is somehow involved.

Written by Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette with art by Leonardo Manco, this book does capture the essence of the films with superb accuracy. The composition, color, and use of line screams cinematic influence and roots, while utilizing all that the comic book genre has to offer in terms of sequential storytelling. It's well paced, very graphic, and much like the films, has an atmosphere that borders on modern and classic Gothic horror.

That being said, it is VERY violent and bloody. It's to be expected from the franchise, but it's definitely not something for kids. I'm not a big horror movie fan, but I did enjoy the first Hellraiser film for its originality and strong story. The comics continue the legacy, more so than some of the film sequels.

Though it definitely isn't something for kids, horror movie fans and lovers of Gothic literature can rejoice that there is finally a title for them, and that BOOM STUDIOS is more than happy to provide it.

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