Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Mark Torres
Letters: Simon Bowland
Release Date: 26th September 2018
People are dying, and they aren’t dying what you could call a good death, freezing solid in a matter of seconds and shattering where they fall. These are deaths with no apparent connection other than the community they live in; the numbers are growing, and the authorities are apparently at a loss as to the cause. Or are they?
There is something dark and terrifying in the shadows. Everybody knows where it’s coming from and nobody wants to talk about it. Dan Kerr doesn’t believe in ghosts he just wants to find his daughter and get her away from this place and these people as fast as he can, but first he has to face the secrets of Quarrel’s Island.
I’m going to stand up right now and apologise for what I said in my previous review about Mark Torres’ artwork in the first issue because, god damn that man has had me creeped out and freaked out the whole of this issue in a way that I haven’t been in an awfully long time.
The art in this issue reminds me very much of Bernie Wrightson, Stephen Bissette, Richard Corben et al. The guys I’d call the masters of sinister and foreboding. The combination of that fantastic, dark, foreboding (damnit, you made me use the word foreboding twice in as many sentences) scenery and architecture which fills you with more dread and trepidation than seeing an actual monster, and the watercolour finish to it is incredibly effective and chilling. I’m usually pretty damned hard to dissuade from an opinion and the fact that Mark Torres has made me eat my words, publicly, is one hell of an achievement.
When I picked up issue one I was overwhelmed with a feeling that this was John Carpenter doing Silent Hill, which is a pretty awesome concept in its own right, but having read issue two, Cullen Bunn has brought so much more to the table than what I first anticipated. I can honestly say, I’ve never been let down by anything I’ve ever read by Bunn and this is no exception.
What issue one set up – and issue one was damned good – has just been overshadowed by this second issue which delivers a depth and sense of dread that carries you along every step of the way, even though you’re silently shouting at Dan “no, don’t get on that boat to the mist shrouded island, no, don’t walk through that creepy wood festooned with what look like memento mori. No, seriously dude, don’t go in that creepy house perched on the hill like deaths own vulture!” The way Cullen Bunn writes grabs me by my throat every time and doesn’t let go until the end, the only problem being that by that point I’m so invested in the story that I don’t want it to end.
This series has stepped up its game dramatically and given that I was really impressed with the first issue this bodes well for the continuing story. Here’s to more chills, shivers and genuine horror from a team that really knows its stuff!
The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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