Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ragemoor #1 (of 4)

Jan Strnad & Richard Corben

Ragemoor is a new horror mini-series from Dark Horse Comics that sees a castle that's been in a family for years, literally come alive.  Built in blood and nursed with blood over the centuries, Ragemoor is a living thing that only allows people to come and go as it pleases.  Late at night, the people who live there can hear the groans of stone and timbers before discovering new rooms and additions to hallways.  Vines and granite serve as its limbs, enabling it to seek out new victims to feed its thirst for blood.  This first issue serves as a nice little single story actually, as we witness a man who grew up at Ragemoor as a little boy return, scheming to claim it for his own and tear the place apart.  Obviously, Ragemoor doesn't like this idea one bit, and him and his companion are terrorized after laughing off warnings from those who live there.  It's a nice little story, but Corben's art brings it to another level, drenching the black and white panels with Gothic atmosphere and images of horror appropriate to the story.  He paces it really well to maximize suspense and the feeling of dread, knowing that something awful is about to befall the two intruders, and he pays it off with some great, grisly scenes.  This comic is a lot of fun and fans of horror will definitely appreciate the thought and skill put into this book.

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