"Regression #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Danny Luckert
Colored by Marie Enger
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 16th, 2017
Molly has just found her friend, Annie, dead on the floor of her art gallery. Adrian shows up looking crazed and disheveled, stalking her through the shadows. He is not himself. Instead, he's possessed by Gregory Sutter, a murderous past life pulled forth through regression hypnosis. Annie is not the first person to die at Adrian's hand and if Sutter has anything to say about it, she won't be the last. Can Adrian stop this killer in his own mind? Or is he too far gone?
Adrian is physically transformed when he bounces between these, for lack of a better term, personalities. When he's himself, he's soft and innocent. His eyes widen like a puppy. Meanwhile, when Sutter is in control, he's mean, arrogant, and more than a little creepy. It's all the same person, or at least the same body, but artist Danny Luckert makes them look so different from one another.
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This endeavor is really taking its toll on Adrian. When he's regained his composure, he's a shell of a man, defeated by the invader in his head. He sees this as an impossible battle. He's already hurting people he cares about. If it wasn't for Molly, he'd probably exile himself into the woods or jump off a bridge.
Molly is a driving force for good in Adrian's life. She is an amazing friend. We should all be so lucky to have someone like her in our lives. Despite almost Adrian trying to kill her, she sticks by him, determined to get him the help he needs. She is sort of responsible for all this, as she pushed him to get the regression hypnosis in the first place. This comes through in Molly's design too. She's pure and innocent, even when she's fighting off Adrian with punches and kicks.
The opening scene in the gallery is made even more intense with Marie Enger's colors, especially when it comes to the blood. It pops off the page with a vibrant red. It sticks out almost like it's neon or phosphorescent.
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While the first half of Regression #4 is packed with action and creepy undertones, it's the latter half that ups the scare factor considerably. This has never been a book for people who are afraid of bugs. After reading this issue, I think I'm developing a fear of insects based on this imagery alone. These panels will make any sane person cringe. You'll constantly think that a bug is crawling on you for days after finishing the comic. It comes through like an onslaught too. One minute, Adrian and Molly are having a peaceful conversation and the next there are flies and maggots everywhere and I need to take a shower.
Regression has been building the terror with each successful chapter. Writer Cullen Bunn has crafted a horrifying comic where a man can't trust his own body. Artist Danny Luckert and colorist Marie Enger bring this madness to life in increasingly unsettling ways. Shivers have run up my spine just recounting this issue while writing this review. Damn, this is good stuff.