Review – Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #6 (of 7) (IDW Publishing)

Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: Charles Paul Wilson III
Release Date: 14th May 2014

Since that pervert, Mr Hansom was chopped up during a pleasant round of ‘Scissors for the drifter’, things have just gotten out of hand. I blame King Geek. Even with an army of razor toothed, scissor wielding kids after him, King Geek is running about Christmasland and having the time of his life. The guy is licking his lips (with that ghastly split tongue of his) at the opportunity of it all.

From the billowing clouds and ugly moon to the monstrous children and bloody snowmen: it all looks horrible. Even the ‘normal’ human characters look ugly and twisted. King Geek is the pick of the bunch with his tattooed face and sickening grin; to put it lightly, this guy is cut from a different cloth. The setting of Christmasland must be hard to imagine but there are splash pages here that show the entire horrific landscape in all its fascinating glory. It’s a delightfully grim spectacle.

The characters are well written with unexpected relationships and alliances being formed. King Geek continues to have both vile and hilarious lines in equal measure. The story is even managing to move beyond the bloodbath that’s been on the cards since they asked Manx for help. It keeps you on your toes and I haven’t the slightest idea about what will happen in the next and final issue.

From a gritty prison escape to this twisted tundra, it’s hard to believe where we’ve ended up. From laying low in a barn to laying low in a ferris wheel; from hiding from the cops to hiding from the moon – this series continues to be monstrously surreal and a hell of a lot of fun.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: James McQueen
You can also find James on Twitter.

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