Story: Cullen Bunn
Art / Cover: Danny Luckert, Marie Enger
Adrian is plagued by ghastly waking nightmares. To understand and possibly treat these awful visions, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason—something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape.
I would say that the best part of this issue is artist Danny Luckert. With all the horror and paranoia going on in this first issue, Danny’s organic and almost kinetic, frantic art really conveys the mood. I can see where Mr Luckert wouldn’t be a fit of all types of stories but he is on this one.
Here is an example of such a page –
Now on the story I had mixed feelings on it. It’s all executed well but the pieces of the story don’t really gel to make a greater whole. The opening of the book you get a good ominous page of dark occult ritual happening but then you get this average Joe in modern day seeing strange visions so there is a good question of what is real and what is madness.
Then you have this female character showing a lot of concern for the lead who we don’t know if he’s mad or not. My problem with this part is we hardly know the lead so why should we care about these two characters talking? Also, the female character pushes way too hard for the lead to see a Hypnotist. The setup just feels rushed and forced.
Of course, the lead sees the Hypnotist and the Hypnotist talks a lot about regression (title of the book) and other related items. At this point I am in no mood to hear about such things considering how the story dragged me to this and didn’t lead me here more naturally.
In the afterward of the book the author explains how he was fascinated by his Dad doing Hypnotism and Regression on people when the author was a kid. This did make the Hypnotism more interesting and relevant to the story, but I was still a bit annoyed how the point of hypnotism hijacked the story and disrupted the flow a bit. I just feel the writer could have gone at it a little bit differently than he did.
I think this maybe another example this story would have been better served collected. I have this feeling if I had more plot to digest and I could see more of where the writer was going I could maybe appreciate the story more. As it is, the story just stops at a place that I’m not satisfied with.
So overall I give this book a 3.5 out of a 5.
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