Something strange is going on in the neighbourhood and only Baron Winters knows what it might mean. He senses it happening, perhaps even sees it and he knows that at some point he is going to have to assemble another team to face the threat even if those whom he is gathering know it or not. It begins with a look back at a sacrifice seemingly gone wrong because when it cuts back to the present day, children are being taken over by some strange force, repeating the words that were spoken all those years ago, though as to what purpose remains to be seen. It is at this point where Marv Wolfman and Brent Anderson make things a little disturbing as one of these kids attacks some others, still in a trance and not under his own control, only to turn and attack his mother as she tries to stop him before he can get to his baby sister. It is startling to see, but it definitely brings the horror of the title across to the reader, if that was not immediately apparent from those first scenes shown previously. Anderson does a great job depicting it all, the man’s pencils hearkening back to Gene Colan’s on the original iteration of the book that premiered over a decade previously. As for Wolfman, the man picks up almost right from when he left off, failing to miss a beat as if no time had passed as well. The man keeps the mystery up, the Baron’s motives and machinations a secret, perhaps too much so for readers, but for those that read the previous series, they will know that all will eventually be revealed. The new cast of characters is interesting, at least as far as this introductory issue goes, there not being much to go on for the moment. If there is one thing that Wolfman and company will hopefully be able to do, that is to keep the horror as strong and as prevalent as it was in this first book. While there will probably be no trouble in keeping readers guessing, sometimes Wolfman gets a little caught up in it and timely resolutions will help to move the series along. So far, the book is off to a great start and it is not only good to see Baron Winters returned to the page, but his trusty sidekick Merlin as well.
3.5 out of 5