The Wraith by @joe_hill



Published: August 2014
Publisher: IDW publishing
Format: Digital Graphic novel

A copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I loved everything about this graphic novel. It was brilliant!. I haven't read NOS4A2 so I thought this would be a good introduction to Charlie Manx and his world.

3 prisoners are being transferred when they decide that this would be the
perfect time to escape. However everything doesn't go exactly as planned and they end up stranded in the middle of nowhere. Not to worry though. One of them has a favor to call in from Charlie Manx. He has a knack for making people disappear..

Charlie takes them to Christmas land. The land where all of expectations and broken promises of his youth are undone. A place where all the wrongs are righted. Here Charlie and his children are happy. Here they will never be tricked or humiliated...They rule this world.

 Here he and his children are free to frolic and play delightfully gruesome games such as "scissors for the drifter."

The problem is that there is only one way in and out of Christmas land. The wraith holds the key to Christmas land and Charlie holds the key to the wraith.

What follows is nothing short of a bloodbath! The Story comes full circle in an ending which could easily stand on its own as a separate story. 

I loved the artwork. It was just as prominent ( if not more so) than the text. The erratic use of line and limited color palate really added to the creep factor. 

This is certainly a must for all Horror fans. I can't wait to get into NOS4A2 now!


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

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1 comment:

  1. This is AWESOME!!!! I will have to read this. I loved the Locke and Key graphic novels by Hill so this should be great. I definitely like Hill's comics better than his novels. Thanks for the suggestion and great review. Thanks for checking out my blog by the way. I've been a follower of yours but still managed to miss this post.


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