Review by Ryan Scicluna
Writer: El Torres
Artist: Guillermo Sanna
Cover by GUILLERMO SANNA
Lettered by MALAKA STUDIO
Edited by JENNIFER VAN GESSEL
Alternate illustrations by SEBASTIÀ CABOT, NACHO TENORIO, SERGIO MORA and JAIME MARTÍNEZ
ISBN Code: 9788416486199-51999
Publisher: AMIGO COMICS
“Alexandra Wagner is confined in an expensive asylum. She murdered her brother when she was a child, and has been jumping from an institution to another, thinking she’s protecting our world against monsters called The Feeders with the help of her deceased brother. Thomas Hayes is her psychiatrist, and he believes she’s totally mad.
Well, she’s totally mad. But she’s also right.
This volume compiles the acclaimed and really hard-to-find horror masterwork by El Torres and Guillermo Sanna!”
I did not know what to expect from this graphic novel but what I do know is that I love it.
A horror story that feels different yet it has classic elements. For starters it is set in an “asylum” where people get medical and psychological treatments for their conditions. The story focuses on Alex, a woman who can apparently see into another dimension. We learn soon enough that she had killed her twin brother, of the same name, when she was young. The plot thickens as we learn that Alex can still communicate with her brother and together they save lives by hunting and killing “feeders” from the other dimension.
The story flows naturally with character conversions that help explain what is going on for the readers to understand. This is done in a natural way that does not take the reader away from the story to experience a real sense of curiosity and horror.
The story is intelligently scripted to keep a fast pace going. The fact that doctors get to explain and discuss diagnosis help to set the frame of reference for the overall context of the story. As a reader I was part of the normal people trying to understand and piece together the history of the main character and her motivations, and it made me wonder if she was telling the truth or if she was actually mentally ill.
Something which I found truly good for this particular story was the creepy visions that tend to sneak up on you when you least expect them. The merging of reality with this other dimension is done so naturally that it builds a good atmosphere around the graphic novel. The art is creepy and yet perfect in tone.
As I always say, I am personally not a fan of horror stories but I truly enjoyed this one. Mostly because it feels more like a thriller with a mix of phsycology and horror tropes. El Torres and Guillermo Sanna managed to deliver a unique story that left me wanting more. There is also a number of twists in the story that made me second guess where the story was going. I highly recommend check this comic and others in the series.
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