Oh my how Hell has risen and waited sooo long to embrace its originator. Indy Hunter returns for a special review of BOOM!'s Hellraiser #1!
Credits & Solicit Info:
HELLRAISER #1 - "Pursuit of the Flesh: Part One"
Written by Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette
Art by Leonardo Manco
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Lettering by Travis Lanham
Cover A by Tim Bradstreet
Cover B by Nick Percival
Cover C by Clive Barker
Larry's Comics Cover by Tim Bradstreet
New Dimension Comics Cover by Nick Percival
Edited by Ian Brill
Published by BOOM! Studios
Suggested for Mature Readers
40 PAGES, FC, $3.99
One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker's long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series' official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites... and Pinhead! So prepare your soul for an epic journey into horror from one of the medium's greatest voices, and starring one of the medium's greatest characters, in an unforgettable new chapter of HELLRAISER. BONUS: this epic 40-page first issue features a 10-page backup story written by the co-writer and co-director of THE MATRIX trilogy, Larry Wachowski!
Featuring covers from legendary artist Tim Bradstreet and LEGENDS: THE ENCHANTED artist Nick Percival. Special limited editon "C" cover by Clive Barker himself.
Fan favorite author Clive Barker returns to the Cotton house he built in an intriguing and thrilling rebirth of Hellraiser, published by Boom! Studios.
The original Master of Horror (as knighted by Stephen King himself) is back with his greatest creations, Pinhead and the Cenobites. As a long time fan, I can barely contain my Hellgasm! Even more interesting is the turn on heel stance Clive Barker has chosen to take with fan-favorite Pinhead. The main man who phantoms as a walking pincushion with attitude is thinking of a radical change of pace. The head Cenobite is actually picturing what life would be like once again wearing a skin suit. However, I'm not sure if redemption is on the menu as there is still plenty of flesh rendering and meat hooking of the organs in the opening salvo of Clive Barker's latest masterpiece.
For those wondering what else the second coming of Clive Barker's Hellraiser has to offer, there are also the returns of Kirsty Cotton, the heroine of Hellraiser 1 and Hellraiser 2: Hellbound, and the house of Frank that bleeds nonstop. It will be interesting to see how Clive Barker carries out the entwined fate of these two main characters. One character, Pinhead, strives to feel alive again while Kirsty tries to stave off a growing coldness that is spreading from within. I'd venture to say the two were on an obvious collision course while readers enjoy the ride!
It would be criminal not to mention the execution of the outstanding artwork from Leonardo Manco and the gritty color palette chosen by Charlie Kirchoff. Manco and Kirchoff's imagery look as if they have been torn out of the mythos of the old school Hellraiser horror movies.
As an added feature to Hellraiser #1, Boom! presents a story written by Larry Wachowski, co-director of The Matrix. It serves as a feature preview of the soon to be released Hellraiser Masterpieces trade paperback. There are all kinds of reasons why you should be picking this book up! Fantastic art, an intriguing storyline and Clive Barker's masterful storytelling are wonderfully combined to produce a fantastic piece of horror literature. Clive Barker's Hellraiser serves as an old flame to warm the body and get the blood flowing again. If you don't enjoy this book, expect a puzzle box to be sent to your home!
The Outhouse is thrilled to also be able to offer readers a chance to download a special, online-exclusive 8-page prelude to the comic, available HERE.
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Review by: J.M. Hunter