"The Evil Within 2 #1" Comic Review

Written by Ryan Noble

Published by Titan Comics

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Written by Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrated by Damien Worm and Szymon Kudranski
Additional colours by Guy Major
2017, 31 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 6th, 2017

Review:

I have a confession to make. I never finished The Evil Within game when it was first released. Despite the fact that I loved the aesthetic and involvement of Shinji Mikami – the creative director on the beloved Resident Evil 4 – I found the game a little clunkier than I'd expected since it came out nine years after the classic...

Having said that, I'm waiting for The Evil Within 2 with an open mind and plenty of hype. Perfect timing, then, for Titan Comics and Namco Bandai to release a comic series ahead of the second game, bridging the narrative from the first game to the sequel. I read issue one to see what evil lay within.

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The Evil Within 2 #1 does a great job of providing the reader with the events of the first game in a natural way, which was especially helpful given my shameful confession above, and builds intrigue for the upcoming game. It seems that the mindfuck that was the first game will continue on in the pages of the prequel comic, and no doubt continue to play out on screen for Sebastian when we get our hands on The Evil Within 2.

As expected, the pages of issue one are dark, gritty and feel very noir thriller, with a blue hue enveloping most pages. Occasionally shades of brown and red steal the show as the series' gore makes an appearance, but the real colour comes in whenever Sebastian is thinking about, or experiencing, something out of the ordinary. For example, when he's recalling the events of Beacon, the mental hospital featured in the first game, the comic becomes an eye-catching splash page of striking, colourful panels.

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It is clear that no-one believes what happened to Sebastian, but that won't stop more strange things from happening around him while he tries to continue on with his life and career. Things look destined to stay spooky.

The Evil Within 2 #1 is a solid first issue that begins to build a bridge between what has happened and what is yet to come. If you're beginning to get hyped for The Evil Within 2, releasing on the 13th October, I'd recommend checking it out. In the meantime, I have a game to complete...

Grades:

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Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: threeandahalfstars

About The Author
Ryan Noble
Staff Reviewer
If Ryan isn't watching, reading or playing some form of horror, he's probably writing about it. He used to be an Editor at Indie Game Magazine so he has a soft spot for independent creators, especially when they're creating fear. Whether you're one such creator, or a fellow horror fan, let's speak about spooks on Twitter or email.
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