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“We have such sights to show you.”
They’re immortal words, inspiring fear and horror ever since
uttered by cruelest and most demonic creature of them all, Pinhead. He's a walking abomination, emblematic of Hell's deepest pits; a creature of unique vision and
poetic justice who seeks pleasure in inflicting pain to the righteous and
hypocritical. But what happens when he leaves Hell; When all that is his domain
is suddenly under the rule of his most formidable human enemy, Kristy Cotton,
the new reigning Queen of Cenobites? These are the questions that launch Boom
Entertainment's mini HELLRAISER arc, THE ROAD BELOW. Hot on the heels of Clive
Barker's return, this four issue mini-series promises to be as perverse and
terrifying as its predecessor.
The story opens up with our new Pinhead, Kristy Cotton, as
she surveys her new home, a literal pit of flames and bodies. As she approaches
one of her female cenobites, we get a strange feeling that something is not
right in netherworld. Suddenly, the comic cuts to an occult shop, a little
store that is the newest owner of Hell's Puzzle Box and the stores
proprietress, a temperamental woman with an eye for black magic. We follow her
as she goes about her day taking care of the store, bickering with her
daughter, and basically being an everyday human being. But it wouldn't be a HELLRAISER
comic if that's all there was to her. As demons from her past bang on her door,
threatening to destroy everything she holds dear, it’s revealed she is no mere
human, but something more powerful,
Of course, as any card carrying member of Satan's Army would
tell you, there is only one way to fight a demon: summon a bigger and badder
one to kill it. And who is badder than Pinhead herself?
HELLRAISER, in its many incarnations, has a set a standard
of horror that few have met, and the new comic is a beautiful addition to the
already twisted tale. It keeps faithful to the twists and turns that we’ve come
to expect and the gore, oh boy, the gore is splendid! While some might be
turned off by Pinhead’s replacement, our new girl is really worth her weight in
gold, and will no doubt keep us disgusted in this side story as much as the main series.
Author Brandon Seifert, does a great job of spinning a bit
of mystery and magic around the lead character, and the art by Haemi Jang is
beautifully done, with dark colors and finely inked lines jumping right off the
pages like hungry little monsters. Though this side story just launched, the
main HELLRAISER series has been running strong for a little under two years, so
be sure to pick up both when your out shopping for your weekly thrills and
chills at your local comic shop.
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