Posted by inferiorego (27697 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

WRAITH #1 tells the story of Charlie Manx, a man who had a rough upbringing and later invested in an amusement park through a local swindler.

Writer Joe Hill has a lot of experience in the horror department. He's an experienced horror novelist and writes one of the best horror comics on the shelves, LOCKE & KEY. This book is extremely unsettling. It's not over-the-top and filled with gross-out violence or unmentionable acts, but the characters and the things happening to them become very hard-to-read and not because the writing is in any way "bad," but because it's frankly just creepy.

Part of that creepy tone is the art work from Charles Paul Wilson III and colors by Jay Fotos. The book is pretty heavy with the inking and the colors are a bit saturated. His art has a very cool style that really adds to the horror element, especially with how he draws Manx's children towards the end. Their smiles are very unsettling.

What WRAITH does pretty darn well is get the reader interested for the rest of this mini-series. The story is just so weird and a bit out there, that you'll really want to hop on board for the rest of the issues just to see where in the heck it's going.

The Bad

I struggled what to make of this book. There is an overall uneasy feeling of just not knowing if I really like it. There's aspects that are fantastic of the book, but as far as first issues go, it really didn't grab me. I didn't know anything about the solicits, prior to reading, so this was a blind dive into the new series, based solely on the fact that Joe Hill's work on LOCKE & KEY is genius.

WRAITH is actually an off-shoot of Hill's novel NOS4A2, and this series tries to be one that is engaging for those who have read his novel as well as fresh readers. I'm not entirely sure if it accomplishes that. Without a doubt, this does make me interested enough in NOS4A2 to want to give that a read as well.

The Verdict

There's no time in the past four years I've been reviewing books where I've come across a case of reading an issue that had me feeling so unsure about it. WRAITH made me feel a bit lost. It's like I was invited to a party, but knew no one there. Everyone else seemed to be getting along, but I stood in the corner. When it really boils down to it though, this is a really interesting issue, enough so where even though I feel lost, I'd say it's pretty darn good. Most importantly, I WANT to continue reading it. I'm usually not at a loss for words when I review a comic, but I am with WRAITH, but I consider it a good thing. WRAITH is a weird book and it left a weird impression on me. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

#1 Posted by Cyborg6971 (193 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm gonna have to pick this up. Yeah I might have to read the book as well.

#2 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8160 posts) - - Show Bio

Tried to read the book, stopped after a few chapters, his writings always a bit hit or miss with me.

Though I might give this a shot

#3 Posted by G-Man (37662 posts) - - Show Bio

I really dug NOS4A2 and somehow missed that this was comic out. Luckily I was able to grab a copy at my LCS.

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#4 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (7643 posts) - - Show Bio

oh crapit is by Joe Hill? I have to check it out!!!!!! Love Locke and Key!

#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (34297 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn, I totally forgot this was out to day. It'll b one of only two comics I get this week

#7 Edited by arkay74 (57 posts) - - Show Bio

I have just finished the NOS4R2 (UK name) audio book a couple of days ago and this comic ties in perfectly! There is plenty of stuff here I remember from the book since Charlie Manx's backstory is also hinted at in it, but of course the events shown here happen before.

Not sure I would have liked it as much if I had not read (and loved) the novel, but for me this is a must read if you liked NOS4A2.

#8 Edited by inferiorego (27697 posts) - - Show Bio

@arkay74 said:

I have just finished the NOS4R2 (UK name) audio book a couple of days ago and this comic ties in perfectly! There is plenty of stuff here I remember from the book since Charlie Manx's backstory is also hinted at in it, but of course the events shown here happen before.

Not sure I would have liked it as much if I had not read (and loved) the novel, but for me this is a must read if you liked NOS4A2.

I think I'm going to get the audio book this weekend. I want to know more.

#9 Posted by Cyborg6971 (193 posts) - - Show Bio

I just picked up this comic and from the looks of it should read the book first. Is that true? Because I just borrowed it from a friend and I don't read that good. J\k I just don't wanna wait to read the comic.

#10 Posted by Queso6p4 (1459 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: This is one book that had fallen off of my radar. Thanks for your honesty especially as this one struck you as kind of odd which can make reviewing it difficult.

#11 Edited by inferiorego (27697 posts) - - Show Bio

@queso6p4 said:

@inferiorego: This is one book that had fallen off of my radar. Thanks for your honesty especially as this one struck you as kind of odd which can make reviewing it difficult.

No problem. Thanks for reading!

#12 Posted by Queso6p4 (1459 posts) - - Show Bio
#13 Edited by DoomDoomDoom (4253 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty much nailed it with this review. I picked this up on a lark, not having read NOS4A2 or Locke & Key so I truly didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly unsettled and disturbed though. Would recommend this to anyone who digs horror or just a little taste of the odd every now and then.

#14 Posted by arkay74 (57 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: Not sure if you're going to see this late response, but anyway...

The audiobook is spoken by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway). Joe Hill specifically requested her since he's a fan of her audiobook work. And the last track has him talking about the novel and the audio book. Running time is ~15h IIRC. Good stuff!

#15 Posted by inferiorego (27697 posts) - - Show Bio

@arkay74 said:

@inferiorego: Not sure if you're going to see this late response, but anyway...

The audiobook is spoken by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway). Joe Hill specifically requested her since he's a fan of her audiobook work. And the last track has him talking about the novel and the audio book. Running time is ~15h IIRC. Good stuff!

She is doing an awesome job on it.

#16 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18309 posts) - - Show Bio

I was looking for a good monster/horror book

Thought this would cut it.

#17 Posted by arkay74 (57 posts) - - Show Bio

@arkay74 said:

@inferiorego: Not sure if you're going to see this late response, but anyway...

The audiobook is spoken by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway). Joe Hill specifically requested her since he's a fan of her audiobook work. And the last track has him talking about the novel and the audio book. Running time is ~15h IIRC. Good stuff!

She is doing an awesome job on it.

Yeah. Women are more versatile I guess, they can voice anything from children to old men.