John Carpenter’s Asylum TPB Review
by: Rob Caprilozzi
Publisher: Storm King Comics
Synopsis: There’s a war coming to the City of Angels. In the tunnels and dark alleys of the city, demons lurk… and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows and sees the truth. Father Daniel Beckett has seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he can’t say the same about God or his angels. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled homeless encampments of lost souls, like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior… at war with God. With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he’s loved since childhood. Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide!
Our Thoughts: Let me start my stating that John Carpenter is my favorite director of all time. So looking at this TPB was a must. When you add to the mix a veteran comic writer and a superstar artist, Asylum is a no brainer for any horror comic fan.
Bruce Jones leads the charge on the writing duties on this book. Probably best known for his talents on The Incredible Hulk, Bruce Jones is no stranger to the realm of horror. He uses the horror writing skills in his repertoire to craft a very interesting tale. If this books feels a bit like Hellblazer, it is for good reason. Artist Leonardo Manco, who penciled close to 50 issues of Hellblazer, lends his talents to John Carpenter’s Asylum. His artwork is devilishly delightful. Manco’s work is a strong point for the series and spot on with keeping up with the story.
If you are looking for a title that pulls no punches, look no further than John Carpenter’s Asylum.