Published by Dark Horse Comics, October 2014
Story: Paul Tobin
Art: Juan Ferreyra
Colors: Eduardo Ferreyra
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Covers By: Juan Ferreyra
Synopsis: As a recap, the first series was built upon the intriguing idea that another world existing within our own plane of existence. You could only enter this world if you new how to pass through the door. Nimble Jack was a strange character that fed off the souls of the crazy people, which in turn devoured their minds completely. He was attracted to crazy people because they were the most colorful and the tastiest. He was the one that created Declan by allowing him to escape the fire that burned down the Sansid Asylym for the Criminally Insane located in Barnstable, Massachusetts around the year 1941. Many years later Declan wakes up from a comatose state meeting his caretaker Reece. Crazy stuff happens, Reece falls victim to a level of insanity that prompts Nimble Jack to take notice. From there a battle ensues between Declan and Nimble Jack with Reece caught up in the middle. Declan introduces Reece and us to the The Hunger World where Nimble Jack pursues. Any ways, even though the existence of Nimble Jack was cloudy at best Declan is a real person and as he uses his powers his body temp decreases, unlike Jack’s. That’s an important piece of knowledge but I’m not going go into that any further.
Any ways, if you have read the first series I advise you to do so before jumping head first into this one. It’ll help bridge the gap between the two and allow you to experience the much needed character development that was done so well in the previous series. The second go-around with our main characters Declan and Reece we see the two living happily together for the first time. With Nimble Jack erased from existence and Reece’s perceived notion that the Nightmare World or The Hunger World can no longer come back, that the door is now closed, a happy state blossoms from Reece and the two of them become a cohesive couple. However, even though the door is apparently closed for now it’s a bit superficial to think that it’ll remain that way.
Later we are introduced to Mr. Swivel. A character that is aware of Declan and his abilities yet Declan doesn’t seem to share that same insight. There are a great many scenes that grabbed me. There are a few disturbing yet imaginative scenes involving our new villain Mr. Swivel. One such scene involved a large group of seemingly innocent bystanders minding their own business. Mr. Swivel comes along analyzing the crowd and then with quick precision systematically slices off the fingers of each and every man, woman, and child in the vicinity. Another disturbing scene involving the resurrection of a dead crow for the sole purpose of providing a live maggot representing a seed of some sorts. Well, if I thought that was odd Mr. Swivel then consumes the crow in one grotesque bite! The detail provided of Mr. Swivel’s mouth, more to the point his finger teeth, was frightfully awesome.
Finally we see a rather inventive approach to the process of milking unsuspecting bystanders. Mr. Swivel literally squeezes, twists, and wrings the milk out from the poor souls, like wringing out a wet washrag. I’ve never seen this type of imagery before in a comic. I’m not even sure I’ve seen this type of imagery anywhere so that alone deserves top marks! All this just to grow a maggot seed! Can’t wait to see what spouts from that pot he’s been carrying around with him everywhere.
We see Declan in action as he attempts to help each and every person he visits while moving from clinic to clinic, hospital to hospital. Each patient has some type of mental issue or entity feeding off the insanity that the particular individual was extruding from their minds. By helping each person out and keeping his body temp in check, we see the true power that Declan has somewhat mastered in comparison to the first series. Although, he still doesn’t fully understand the truth or purpose around his new found power. Towards the end of the book we see our mysterious character Mr. Swivel with his bucket of freshly squeezed milk sneak into Declan’s room where he lay sleeping. Mr. Swivel, concerned about the health of Declan’s fingers, proceeds to pour the bucket over Declan’s fingers and then leaving him teeth, or what he refers to as cookies. Not sure where this is going but hey, dude loves his fingers and apparently a harvest of sort is in Declan’s future.
Layout & Flow: As with the first set of books the art has been done very well, clear yet unique enough to stand out amongst the crowd of current comic book crowd. The picture representations used to describe each part of Paul Tobin‘s story is nothing short of amazing. Juan Ferreyra and Eduardo Ferreyra both do a fantastic job with taking this story and delivering a fresh new horrific approach to storytelling. It’s a standard layout, nothing too fancy but then again the art doesn’t need anything else since it compliments the story. Even the cover was fantastically grotesque in nature and simply staring at it for a few adds to the creepiness factor.
Verdict: As with the first series I believe this has wondrous amounts of promise. With a solid start I’m looking forward to reading about what happens with out main character Declan and his fellow protagonist Mr. Swivel. There’s just something about seeing a character bring forth an overbearing enjoyment in the pure sadistic actions such as slicing fingers off an expecting crowd or wringing the milk out; just makes me want more. A definite twist of horror from the norm. Example, lame ass zombie books plaguing our comic book stores today. Yes, I’m NOT a Walking Dead fan, sorry. Who needs zombies when you got visuals like a face made of fingers or a recently risen crow devoured by a mouth full up grotesque fingers. Don’t miss this chance for horror outside the box, you will regret it!