Review: “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” #11

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An action-packed installment, “Next Testament” #11  lets loose its dark imagination and never holds back. This is an adrenaline shot to the system. With its mix of shocking scares and twisted black humor, the “Next Testament” series never disappoints.

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WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Mark Miller

ART BY: Haemi Jang

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 16, 2013

Reviewed By: Jorge Solis

The final battle between good and evil takes place inside the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators once fought to the death. While the all-powerful Wick changes the world to fit his image, Tristan and fiancée, Elspeth, have finally reached their destination in Providence. After searching through an endless library, the lovebirds find the right  text and speak the cursed words to awaken the Devil and the Holy Ghost. Is the Devil fighting to save humanity enough to stop Wick?

You can tell Clive Barker and co-writer, Mark Miller, are having a lot of fun in this penultimate issue. This is their chance to throw away logic and character development, and just let the action speak for itself. When hearing Barker’s commentary about the making of his movies, “Hellraiser” and “Lord of Illusions,” there is always talk about constraints with the budget. But not this time, because there no limitations to what you can do in the comic book realm. This is what two creative writers can do when they let their imagination run wild.

This story is about the Devil, the good guy, trying to save the day from the bad guy, Wick. The dialogue is sparse but that’s why each line is so memorable. Tristan and Elspeth aren’t in the forefront, but that’s a good thing. This is really 22 pages of thrilling nonstop action and you just want more.   

Artist Haemi Jang  depicts Wick, the Devil and the Holy Ghost as three giants in a no-holds-barred boxing match. The three behemoths start their battle in the middle of the Roman Colosseum. Jang illustrates the massive destruction as each supreme being uses their powers against each other. In the climatic pages, Jang antes up the action by taking the fight to outer-space.

Because there is very little dialogue, Jang focuses more physical poses and character design with the Devil’s horns and two sharp fangs in his mouth does volumes for tension. A lot of attention is put into their facial expressions after each giant gets hit in the face. The last page is definitely a jaw-dropping shocker. 

If you love action, you’re going to love “Next Testament” #11. I cannot wait for the exciting conclusion.

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