Review: Hellraiser #1

Published on March 29th, 2011

Back in 1987, I saw a film called Hellraiser. Sure, I was only 9 years old when saw it, but I knew it was going to have a special place in my heart. There were  six more film based on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and a few comics that I never got to read as they were coming out,but I got them in trade.

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This week, thanks to Boom! Studios, we got an all new Hellraiser comic. Was this Horror/Comic fanboy  happy with the new comic? Keep reading for more.

This first story line looks like is going to be about the daughter of  Kirsty Cotton, the main character in a few of the Hellraiser films (I, II, and V). Sure, it was  aneasy way to bring back fans,As a fanboy of the film franchise, that’s fine with me because I am sure that Boom! Studios was making this book for the fans of both Barker and the films.

Like all Hellraiser fans, I was more than happy to see the leader of the Cenobites, Pinhead, back in the lead. Barker is joined by Christopher Monfette as part of the writing team and both do a great job showing us the world of Hellraiser. It is a nice welcome back after a few direct-to-video films. I would rather have the cenobites come to rip my  soul apart than watch those films again. It’s also nice that Pinhead was not the only Cenobites in this book. There is a part that made me jump for joy when the female Cenobite almost says one of my favorite lines from the original movie, “Angels To Some, Demons To Others.”

As I was reading this, I could not help but  imagine Pinhead voiced by Doug Bradley, the actor who played the role in all the Hellraiser films. A big reason was the amazing photo-referenced art (in a good way, not like Greg Land) by artist Leonardo Manco. There are a few page where I had to stop reading and ask myself if I am looking at photo from one of the films. Manco’s artwork is amazing for this book.

Also, as a bonus, Boom! added a special 16 page preview of a story line from writer Larry Wachowski (The Matrix) from the upcoming Hellraiser trades from when this comic was still over at Marvel.

So, if you are a fan of the Hellraiser films like myself, then run down to your local comic book shop and picked up this book. I can’t wait to see the hell that Pinhead will unleash in this comic.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com