Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1 Review

by Rob Caprilozzi

By Mike Peluso

"Clive Barkers: Next Testament #1"

Writer: Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Artist: Haeim Jang
Publisher: BOOM!
Release Date: May 29th 2013

Synopsis: Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout — he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar.

Our Thoughts: Every so often there comes a story, whether it is in a comic book, novel or motion picture that totally consumes every ounce of your imagination. A concept that is so cerebral and deep that your psyche becomes possessed with intrigue and an obsession for more. "Clive Barker's Next Testament #1" is that foundation which will house, in my opinion, an award winning comic book series.

"Next Testament #1” horrifically hypnotized my conscience as would downing a fresh pitcher of Kool-Aid concocted by Jim Jones himself. The concept of Barker and Miller's story pulled me in deep and left me angrily starved for more when issue one concluded. The three o'clock crazy millionaire on a quest from almighty God himself is a premise that adds layers upon layers of depth to "Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1". Spotting Clive Barker's signature atmosphere in a motion picture, for a horror geek like me anyway is a synch with only a few seconds of viewing. I wasn't sure if the same ominous originality would translate to this series as smoothly as it does to film. Much to my satisfaction, I demeaned myself with doubt. The combination of Barker and Miller’s writing, in conjunction with Jang's brilliant, surreal artwork makes you think you’re reading an illustrated Clive Barker film. By the time the series has run its course, which I feel won't be anytime soon; I will be the first in line clamoring for "Clive Barker's Next Testament" to hit theaters.

I honestly haven’t been this intrigued with a comic book for quite some time and I'm aggressively looking forward to “Clive Barker’s Next Testament #2”.

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