"The Evil Within: The Interlude #2" Comic Review
Written by Ryan Noble
Published by Titan Comics
Written by Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrated by Damien Worm and Szymon Kudranski
Additional colours by Guy Major
Letters by Simon Bowland
2017, 29 Pages, $3.99
Comic release on October 11th, 2017
The mind-f*ckery of The Evil Within continues in the pages of issue two, a comic that brings the twisted narrative ever closer to the events of the second game, releasing this Friday, October 13th. If you haven't yet read my review for issue one, read it here, and then join me below for the next issue. Already read that first review? Then you're in the right place, and you get a gold star.
As I said, the surreal, mind-bending events of issue one have very much bled into issue two. Not just bled into it, but soaked its pages red with more questions than ever before. If writer Ryan O'Sullivan's story is anything to go by so far, Sebastian, the protagonist from the games, doesn't stand a chance at a healthy mental state in The Evil Within 2.
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We follow Sebastian as he tries to solve two cases at once. One case is all business, trying to track down a serial killer known as The Nursery Rhyme Killer. The other case is much more personal, as he continues his search for his missing daughter, Lily. These two threads intertwine more than ever in this issue – that is, until something happens which makes you doubt every single event, conversation, and character up until that point.
This is what The Evil Within series does so well, and it's great to see how this has blended so perfectly into another medium. Hell, I might not know what is real and what isn't anymore, but the harsh, instant way that these reality-questioning moments are revealed – both in dialogue and art – really grabbed my attention. I may have even audibly gasped at a certain reveal, though I can't remember if this was real or not. This comic is messing with me.
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With all of the different strands running through the comic, there is a part of me that is slightly concerned I won't be able to connect all of the dots between issues, or even between the prequel comics and the upcoming game. I mean, when I'm struggling to keep track of which dots are even real to begin with, how will I know which ones to join up and which ones to forget?
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the twists and turns of The Evil Within issue two, and am feeling ever-more excited to see how everything plays out in The Evil Within 2. As much as I'd love to promise a review of the game soon, and I really, really would, I'm still yet to finish the first game, which I shamefully confessed in the first comic review. Though, Beacon Mental Hospital is calling out to me louder than ever, so I may have to catch up or risk losing my mind.