Review by Jerome Maida
Just in time for the first Halloween of the second decade of the 21st century, Radical has released “Abattoir”, a chilling supernatural tale set in the cold beauty of Middle America in the late 1980s.
However, this creation by “Saw” director Darren Lynn Bousman would be scary as hell in any decade.
The excellent writing of Rob Levin and Troy Peteri and amazing art of Bing Cansino have crafted a chilling tale in which blood seems to spatter off most pages.
“Abattoir” is the tale of the aftermath of a brutal massacre perpetrated by a seemingly perfect family man during a kid’s birthday party at a beautiful house.
Real estate agent and family man Richard Ashwalt is assigned the impossible task of picking up the pieces and selling the property. The task of selling a house many now believe to be cursed weighs on him, as does the fact that his daughter was supposed to be at the party and neither he nor his family have recovered from the terrifying close call.
More than even the demons that possibly are in the house, Ashwalt’s determination to hold in his emotions seems to be another ticking time bomb.
Surprisingly, as Ashwalt inspects the blood-soaked grounds, a twisted old man journeys to the house and offers to buy it. With a tone and appearance that gets increasingly creepy and demanding – he wants to buy the house immediately and eliminate all the paperwork – Ashwalt refuses to sell and orders him to leave. It is clear immediately the old man has a sinister and terrifying purpose for buying the house.
Much like Sam Raimi‘s film “Drag Me To Hell”, Ashwalt does not realize that by refusing to sell to the creepy old man he is about to be drawn into a web of shadows, murders and massacres that will shatter him.
This is easily the creepiest comic Comics Guy has read all year.
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