Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Comics Review: Hellraiser: Pursuit of the Flesh

    The first volume of this new Hellraiser series marks the first time Clive Barker has revisited his creations since the film version of his novel, The Hellbound Heart.  Right off, I felt like this was more true to the early film concepts than previous comics, or the later films. 

    The art isn’t exactly to my tastes, but it fits the story well, and there are some freaky images.  And it’s a heck of a lot better than the art from the previous Hellraiser comics I’ve seen.  The writing is pretty good, and it features a lot of interesting references to the films, and to the original book.  There’s also what I believe is a reference to Barker’s great supernatural investigator, Harry D’Amour (man, fingers crossed he works into this somehow). 

    I think the comic format may be a great place to explore some of the concepts and interesting visuals.  I’m very curious to see where they take the story, and having heard just a bit about what happens in volume 2, I’m wondering what kinds of depths they’ll delve into.  If you’re a fan of the movies, this is one to check out.  Here’s hoping the series lives up. 

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Pursuit of the Flesh
Writer: Christopher Monfette (and Clive Barker)
Artists: Leonardo Manco and Stephen Thompson
Publisher: Boom! Studios
ISBN: 978-1-60886-072-2
Pages: 128


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