By Anna Greenberg
Writer: Keith Davidsen
Artist: Randy Valiente
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Rating: 8 out of 10
Dr. Herbert West, The Reanimator, returns! Setting up shop in New Orleans, the brilliant Dr. West continues his life’s work: the revival of the dead by purely chemical means. To accomplish this task, he recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. Initially unfazed by West’s unorthodox practices (including how he funds his research – by selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic), Susan may regret her scientific curiosity as sinister forces – those aligned with Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo – begin to align against the Reanimator!
Dynamite Entertainment proudly resurrects The Reanimator, H.P Lovecraft’s notorious mad scientist, in a fear-fraught four-issue miniseries! Take what you love best about the television shows “Breaking Bad” and “Walking Dead”, throw in Cthulhu tentacle terror and backwater Louisianan superstition, and you have the all-new horror comic hit of 2015!
This comic’s got heart…even if it’s in a dissecting tray.
Now as some of you may know, I am a HUGE fan of Reanimator in all its forms, and I’ve been looking forward to this comic for months. The characterization of Herbert is spot on. He’s snarky, aloof, and self-confident. The issue also ties up some loose ends from previous Dynamite Reanimator series. The other characters feel a little flat. They are very clearly inserted to fill a role, and aren’t’ given any additional personality. Some of these roles are unfortunately clichéd.
The art looks like it came straight out of a B-horror movie. It’s slightly campy, a little sparse, and has plenty of gore. It fits the tone of the book perfectly. Occasionally it’s a little bit sketchy though.
There are also plenty of nods to other horror franchises, including From Beyond.
Overall this is exactly the series to breathe life into an ailing pull list. If you’re a fan of scientists, magic, or eldritch abominations, you’ll love this book.