Friday, November 1, 2013

Comic Review: Hellraiser #8 (Epic Comics)

Hellraiser #8

Homecoming: A monstrous creature shows up on the suburban doorstep of a man named Adam, and he is all too surprised to find that this creature is his brother Christopher--especially considering that Adam gave Christopher to the Cenobites nearly two decades ago.  When Hunger arrives to collect his missing pet, he wants another souvenir of his trip to take home with him, and Adam is quite eager to barter once again.  It's a short and simple story with some pretty cool artwork.  Hunger looks much more frightening here than he ever has before, and it's rather remarkable how quickly we come to hate the character of Adam.  He truly is a horrible little man.

Devil's Brigade Part 3 - The Haven on Hell Street: No, you didn't miss something.  Part three of the Devil's Brigade storyline is, for some reason, printed here before part 2.  A man who wants to change the world, starting with his own little chunk of the neighborhood, is quickly losing belief in his dream, but that simply does not fit in with Hell's plan.  Enter Face, who manipulates his love interest into reigniting his passion.  A mediocre story, but Face is still quickly becoming my favorite Cenobite.

Losing Herself in the Part: Actress Janice Baur believes that she is far too important to perform in the likes of a horror film, but director Steven Sigourney is determined to win her over.  In order to convince her, he gives her the puzzle box (which features prominently in all of his films) and tells her to solve it as an "acting exercise".  When she does, Sigourney is there with camera rolling.  There's a sense of meta here, which I enjoy, but in the end, the whole thing really doesn't hold up very well, and the Cenobites just look silly holding knives and machetes like typical slashers.

The Devil's Brigade Part 2 - Inside the Laager: This is one hell of a depressing story, and not one to offer any sort of escape from the real world.  It takes us into the real-life horror of apartheid and holds us there, forcing us to look.  The Cenobites scarcely appear here at all, and they are not the source of our dread. Mankind is the villain here, just as in real life.  This could easily have come off as exploitative, but it is done respectfully enough that it feels like a new sort of journalism.


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