Wake up your Halloween spookiness for this graphic novel. No spoilers. For mature readers.
The Illuminati Ball
Written by Cynthia von Buhler
Illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler
Published by Titan Comics
Genre: Mystery, Horror
Synopsis: Acclaimed author and visual artist Cynthia von Buhler (Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini) brings her legendary immersive theater production The Illuminati Ball to the page as a stunning graphic novel! At an exclusive and secretive gathering, attendees find themselves guests of the revolutionary Pig King – and his ensemble of fellow gene-spliced hybrids! The Illuminati Ball merges myth and mystery to tell an unforgettable story about power, cruelty, deceit, betrayal, and insatiable hunger for freedom.
Illuminati Ball is for Sandman, Swamp Thing, and Niel Gaiman fans. It is dark and brims over with horror largess and images of nightmares. Scenes brushed on with thick layers of the occult and pagan visages.
I give you the Hotel California of comics!
And seriously, no spoilers. If you have the stomach for literate horror then dive into this ocean swell of blood and mystery.
The drawbacks I find in this heavily artistic book are the notes at the end of the book. Cynthia von Buhler would have been so much better to make sure the art and script conveyed the complexities that have to be interpreted. If asked then I would concur the average reader can’t get the vital allusions in the script. Those readers, however, aren’t likely to value the notes while the rest of us come away with that talked down-to feeling.
I give it four of five stars.
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