Rating: 4.5/5 – Another Great Horror Comic from Image!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
I love horror comics. I’m a huge fan of the Warren magazines from the 1960s and 1970s and adore the DC and Marvel horror books from the same era. If you take a look at our back issue review section, you’ll see I love to explore these older gems. Unfortunately, Warren isn’t around any more and the big two aren’t releasing a whole lot of horror comics these days. Fortunately, Image has taken up the torch and continues to produce plenty of horror books that I really enjoy; Wytches, Nailbiter, and Outcast to name just a few. Now Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert have released the first issue of their new series called Regression, and it carries on the tradition of great horror books.
Main character Adrian continues to have visions of all sorts of horrific things. The first vision is the most gruesome of the book as artist Danny Luckert draws the torso of a woman being cut open while hundreds of bugs spew out. That’s just the first page! Luckert’s art is really strong throughout this book with his sharp and somewhat minimal line. He’ll go into detail when he needs to and shows off with some single and double page spreads including a double page that foreshadows what we’ll most likely see more of in this series. The colors by Marie Enger are a really bold choice. The cover for example uses a mostly pink shade for the entire image while the interiors are mostly bright. Enger has chosen to highlight the horror rather than hiding it in the shadows.
Bunn’s story has Adrian trying to cope with these visions which eventually leads him to a hypnotist who wants to explore past lives with him. Are these visions from a previous life, or is it something more that Adrian has yet to uncover. Bunn does a wonderful job of combining elements of horror and mystery in this first issue, giving you everything you need to know to set this series up right! If you’re not a fan of horror comics, I think there’s enough here as a mystery book to enjoy as Bunn hints at what’s come before, and even possible futures. Regression really stood out for me this week. Don’t miss it!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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