Mind Capsules – Rot & Ruin #5 and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #9

Rot & Ruin #5
Rot & Ruin #5

Writer – Jonathan Maberry
Artist – Tony Vargas
Colours – Oliver Lee Arce

For Benny and the kids, everything comes down to this final battle for their freedom or a life of servitude and rape at the hands of Farmer John.  The fight is not an easy one, yet the kids manage to take no losses and actually come out all right though in the end, neither side wins.  The comic book series based upon Jonathan Maberry’s book series of the same name might have started out a tad rough, but come the second issue and onwards; it really picked up steam and forged a path of its own, separate from every other zombie series out there.  It was not as if Maberry brought anything completely new to the shambling corpses that inhabited the book, but he did write one hell of a story about a great group of kids and one of the worst villains to ever be featured in a comic book.  Farmer John is one of those villains who seem completely innocuous the first time you meet him, polite and kind and seeming to only want the best for those that might cross his path, but in reality, he is a monster born of the times who does what he thinks is right and true.  The sad reality is that what he does now is despicable and disgusting and the kids will have none of it.  The cast is a dynamic group, all of them fighters and made into what they are the same as Farmer John was, but people have a choice to be good or bad and this series showcased that more than anything.  With some really fantastic artwork from Tony Vargas, the series looked just as good as it read and hopefully IDW will put out another sooner, rather than later.

4 out of 5

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #9
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #9

Writer – Marc Andreyko
Artist – Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Colours – Juan Manuel Tumburus

Picking up from where the feature film left off, either the regular version or director’s cut, the Nightbreed have lost their home and Boone has taken off with Lori to try and live their new life together.  But while Decker might be defeated and his threat eliminated, another rises in the form of Ashberry, the priest who was bathed in the blood of Baphomet.  While it is a strange thing to start a new storyline continued off of the movie at this point, it does work fairly well but only if you have seen said movie.  If you have not, there is a blurb at the beginning of the book telling you what happened previously but it is a poor substitute for the actual thing.  What should have happened was an adaptation of the film, to fill that gap in-between the first storyline and this one.  As it is, the first chapter of this new saga finds our group of monsters looking for a new home and it is not so easy to do when you look as they look.  What is most interesting is that the residents of the former Midian are now accepting of Boone, seeing him as their saviour and yet at the moment he wants nothing to do with them, instead trying to live his own life even though his life is no longer his own and him being too selfish to realize it.  This is definitely one of Marc Andreyko’s better issues of the series so far, as we finally get to see all of our favourite characters together in place of all the biographical tales that have been featured thus far.  Going forward, it would be great to see more of this interaction, a little action also and something to keep our players on the edge of their toes, something just a little more intriguing than what the first eight issues comprised.

3 out of 5

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