"The Damned #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Oni Press
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Brian Hurtt
Colored by Bill Crabtree
2017, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 13th, 2017
You can’t keep Eddie down. Literally. Every time you kill him, he will get right back up again, stealing the life force of the next person who touches him. During the time between his death and rebirth, Eddie is transported to a strange, dark place. This is where he thinks his mother is and now he’s desperate to save her.
Cullen Bunn knows how to tell a great story. This is not news to anyone that’s scrolled through the comic reviews section here on HorrorTalk because the guy pops up pretty frequently. I thought I had a good understanding of the parameters of The Damned and then this issue just blew them away, greatly expanding upon this story and delving further into Eddie’s life.
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The issue opens on a flashback of Eddie and his brother playing as children. It’s tough to reconcile this innocent boy with the hardened and scarred man he would become. We learn that the demonic forces in his life started early, working with his father. Bits and pieces of this backstory are dropped along the way, giving us a peek into the past at what shaped Eddie into the man he is today. The hardships he’s going through in the present reach all the way back to childhood.
The relationship between Eddie and his brother goes from close companions as kids to almost enemies in the present. We don’t know the details yet as to what drove them apart, but it’s tied to their parents. Despite this void, they’re still brothers and they know they can rely upon one another in times of need, especially when it comes to their mother.
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The contrast between Eddie as a kid and as an adult is night and day, and not just because he’s grown up. The world around him is different. Whereas the past is full of bright colors and happiness, the present is gruff and surrounded by shadows. This issue somehow makes Eddie’s life even darker.
If you didn’t know it upfront, you wouldn’t think Eddie and his brother were related. They look and act nothing alike. Where Eddie looks proper in his suit, his brother looks more like a hobo with old clothes and gloves with holes in them. Eddie is lean and trim, while his brother is built like a bruiser.
When Eddie visits the other world after death, the images take on a hazy quality, as if you’re trying to see the comic through a fog. It adds to the mysterious nature of this place. The color is practically washed out of the book, leaving nothing but blacks, whites, and greys.
The Damned just keeps getting better. It’s impossible to predict, so it definitely keeps you on your toes. This issue in packed with content that greatly expands upon the series to date, taking it into some really interesting places. It’s a crime story with a supernatural twist. What’s not to love?