HELLRAISER: The Darkwatch Issue #1 Review by Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: Clive Barker & Brandon Seifert
Artist: Tom Garcia
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Synopsis: THE NEW ERA OF HELLRAISER BEGINS! As promised, Clive Barker did not only return to the Hellraiser universe, he re- imagined it! Nothing is as simple as it seems ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the old ways have been destroyed and a dangerous new world lies in its wake. Where are Elliott Spencer and Kirsty Cotton? Who will rule and who will serve?
Our Thoughts: Any horror comic fan will tell you the previous Hellraiser comic series was amazing. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHellraiser: The Darkwatch #1ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â does not disappoint. The story begins with a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsinnerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â purposely trying to get into Hell to see the evil cenobites and all that Hell has to offer. What he finds is nothing like what heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s heard. Hell is under new management now! While the issue harkens back to the previous series, with readers catching a glimpse of Kirsty Cotton and Captain Spencer (aka ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPinheadÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â) being held captive and tortured like the other souls, the story also shows a whole new world. Harry DÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Amour is the new Lord of Hell.
Story: Barker and Siefert take their time setting the scene and dark, brooding mood, as the reader gets a glimpse into the different areas, and stunning differences from what the scene used to be. While they guide you through this journey, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s so much going on, that the reader is drawn in. This is really important for comic fans. ThereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nothing more irritating than spending your money on a tiresome issue #1 background explanation. Barker and Siefert do not bore you by any means. Once Harry DÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Amour comes face to face with the new ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œvisitor,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and sees who he is, thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s when it gets real folks. The fight and torture scenes are terrifyingly terrific with enough disturbing scenes to satisfy the true horror lover.
Art: Tom Garcia does an incredible job at capturing the mood set by Barker and Seifert. His detailed style along with Vladimir PopovÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s coloring complements the general tone of the story. DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t fret my gore hounds! The fight and torture scenes are gorey, distinct, and extremely well done.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHELLRAISER: The DarkWatchÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â #1 opens up a whole new world for fans of the series and delivers. Horror comic fans will barely close the last page before checking off Issue #2 on their pull list. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHELLRAISER: The DarkWatchÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Issue #1 is published by BOOM Studios and is out now.