An impressive installment, “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary” #3 delivers disturbing sights that will bring chills down your spine. Each story in the horror anthology is a knockout when it comes to scares. The “Hellraiser” series have taken the comic book medium by storm, making me wish the movie sequels were more like this.
WRITTEN BY: Ben Meares, Ed Brisson, Mark Miller,
ART BY: Akiel Guzman, Alexis Ziritt, Carlos Magno
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: October 14, 2014
Reviewed By Jorge Solis
“Puzzled” follows a little boy who becomes obsessed with solving the ultimate puzzle. In order to make his son happy, a desperate father gives him the Lemarchand’s Box to play with. In “Conduit,” a cenobite is twisting a young man’s mind as he dreams about murder and demons. In “The Hunted: Part Three,” Pinhead realizes he has lost the battle against the gangsters who savagely destroyed his face. The ruler of Hell actually feels like a laughingstock after being defeated by mere mortals.
“Puzzled” is a frightening piece of what measures fathers will take to make their children happy. Writer Ben Meares takes readers inside the mind of a lonely father who has lost faith in himself and being a good parent. Artist Akiel Guzman has done a great job capturing the anguish and turmoil of a young man who can’t solve how to fix his own broken mind and put the pieces back together.
Writer Ed Brisson plays around with storytelling in “Conduit,” by starting with the ending first. We know what’s going to happen but we have to see how this murder actually takes place. Artist Aexis Ziritt delivers the insanity of a mentally disturbed mind in an impressive splash page. We get all the information we need through panel breaks and random images.
Saving the best for last, I love what Mark Miller and Meares have done with Pinhead in “TheHunted.” We see Pinhead at his worst, after having just lost everything. Pinhead is on a self-destructive path, leading to suicidal intentions. Carlos Magno illustrates the ruler of Hell surrounded by religious symbols.
Horror fans should not miss out on “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary” #3. I cannot wait to read the next compilation of shorts in the next issue.