One and Done – Eden

Cullen Bunn – Writer
Dalibor Talajić – Artists
Valentina Briški‏ – Colours
Marshall Dillon – Letters

Aftershock presents this ‘one-shock’ book, written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Dalibor Talajić and both do a great job of it. The story is about a man named Niles who has recently lost his wife and son in a tragic car accident and it is something that he understandably cannot get over. As he spends his days in the same neverending rut, his friends who work with him at the tattoo shop try to set him up with a woman who comes in for some work. She is unusual, to say the least, and she asks for just that, something a little unusual, the first being a butterfly. Niles is only too happy to accept and cut loose with a design all his own and Eden is pleased with the results. Time passes and Eden comes back for more tattoos, the previous ones always missing with Niles assuming that she is having them lasered off. Soon they begin an affair, the attraction between them evident. One day Niles decides to follow her, his curiosity about her too strong to resist and it is then that he notices a strange kind of magic and a plan forms in his mind. Bunn writes an interesting tale, the book having a definite Vertigo feel to it which is a good thing and he builds it slow but with a definite edge to it as readers have to know that something is going to happen even if they do not know what it might be. The revelation of what Eden can do is quite amazing and even then, one does not immediately guess as to where Bunn is going even though the clues have been planted there before us the entire time. When all of it is finally laid out by the incredibly talented Talajić, it is both horrific and creepy to say the least, a tragedy twice over and quite shocking. It is hard to say if given the chance, the everyday person would not do the same, if that particular option to bring a loved one back from the dead presented itself, if one would not jump at it no matter the cost. Here, Bunn gives Niles all he wanted and nothing he wanted at the same time and it is sad to see. There are all different kinds of horror and Bunn just so happens to be a master of the craft and Eden is another notch in his belt as a book that features some true horror. It might not be the most exciting title to hit the stands but it is a satisfying read nonetheless and a nice alternative to the capes and cowls that rule the roost.

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