Review by: Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: Joe Hill
Artist: CP Wilson, Jay Fotos
Release Date: November 13, 2013
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: Joe Hill’s New York Times Bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland, and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers, and sure to delight fans of the book.
Our Thoughts: “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” isn’t just another issue #1. It is quite simply a juggernaut into a fantastic dark, blood journey. In the this issue, Joe Hill delves into Charlie Max’s gloomy and horrific past, where the reader is also treated to his transformation into what he has become today. The way Hill has this plot laid out starting with the incredibly creepy first pages is brilliant. He doesn’t merely layout out a back story. Hill has his character tell the story in somewhat of a soliloquy, all the while heading on a terrifying journey for those along for the ride. No spoilers here. Just know Charlie past is as grim as it gets, and his current state doesn’t look promising for anyone.
CP Wilson does a great job of complementing Hill’s story. Jay Fotos, who is without a doubt one of the best when it comes to gritty and gory comics, shines in this issue.
“Wraith” #1 is a definite for comics fans, as this series promises to be one for your weekly pull list.