I hate these light weeks. Not only are there not a lot of good horror releated comic releases, but since I started writing Hack Issues for Horror Sexy, these weeks make my job of picking out a spotlight book and talking a bit about it more difficult. The last thing I want is for anybody reading this to think to themselves “Ugh, Walking Dead again?”. There is a new issue of Walking Dead this week, but thankfully indie comics juggernaut Oni Press has come to my rescue with a brand new Cullen Bunn series named Hellbreak.
I don’t know much about this comic, other than having read the solicit and seeing that it was a new Cullen Bunn book, but that’s really all I need to know. I’ve been a fan of his since his Sixth Gun series started way back in 2010, which Oni also publishes. You’ll of course remember him as the guy who writes the single best werewolf comic of all time, Wolf Moon, which I’ve done nothing but rave about. He also writes a fairly popular Marvel property, the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool, although not the main book. You know how the main Deadpool book really isn’t all that good, but the side books like Night of the Living Deadpool and Return of the Living Deadpool have been great? Yeah, Cullen writes the side books.
A guy some of you may already be familiar with, Brian Churilla is handling the art on Hellbreak. He’s a guy who’s work I was initially exposed to on a book called Blackacre from Image. It’s a minimalist style, not too flashy, but solid and he’s consistent. One of the main draws for an artist for me is his or her ability to maintain a monthly schedule, and believe it or not, most can’t do that. It’s guys that Francesco Francavilla and Brian Churilla that put lazy artists to shame. These guys not only do monthlies, but at times have done multiple books. Churilla is presently also handling Big Trouble in Little China from Boom! Studios as well.
One other important note about Hellbreak before I get to the synopsis, the first issue is only going to set you back $1.00. That’s both good (great), and bad. If you pre-ordered like me, it’s awesome, but if you’re a shelf buyer, or an online buyer, I definitely wouldn’t wait. Oni’s runs are small, and this will go fast. A second printing may or may not happen, and I can guarantee you it will be $3.99 if it does. Here’s the synopsis from Oni’s site:
There are thousands of Hells, each unique, each terrible. Mega-cities ruled by vicious gangs. Empires where the most perverse are well-respected. Wastelands roamed by prehistoric monstrosities. With the proper tools and know-how… you can infiltrate Hell whether you’re dead or not. With the proper tools and know-how, you can break out. Project Kerberos has developed this forbidden technology, and a special forces extraction team is dispatched to rescue lost souls from the infernal realm.
Also out this Week: