Review – Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #4 (of 7) (IDW Publishing)

Wraith_04-pr-page-001Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Charles P. Wilson III
Release Date: 26th February 2014

A degenerate pervert, a vile and murderous ex circus performer and a not so bad guy by the name of Chess are home free. Remaining true to his word, Charles Manx has ferried the three escaped convicts, as well as their hostages, away from the law. They must be thrilled. Christmasland is here. No going back now.

The art continues to be magical. When I say magical, I mean deeply unsettling and horrible. The thick black and scratchy lines stand out against the white winter wonderland Manx has made for himself and his army of abducted child monsters. Rollercoaster, Ferris Wheels, blinking Christmas lights and billowing white clouds with cartoon yellow stars make this place an unforgettable spectacle.

Chess’ backstory continues to intrigue with glimpses into his past. These flashbacks are well placed within the story and show just enough to keep you guessing as to why he is with these animals. The dialogue is dense and full of cracking lines and grit while the setting and violence is so surreal that it makes for a fascinating clash of styles.

There is a lot going on in this series; it’s brilliantly twisted and nasty with a mean sense of humour and striking art. With 3 issues to go – the horror is just getting started. I doubt the snow will stay pristine and white for long…

Rating: 5/5

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The writer of this piece was: James McQueen
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1 Comment on Review – Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #4 (of 7) (IDW Publishing)

  1. How do I buy these?

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