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Issue by Issue – Nightbreed #9 (2014)

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

Picking up from where the feature film left off, either the regular version or director’s cut – that particular point not mattering so much, 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 one has seen said movie. If for some reason one has not and that would be a shame, there is a blurb at the beginning of the book telling readers 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 one looks 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 readers finally get to see all of the fan-favourite characters together, those from 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 more action also and something to keep the various players on the edge of their toes, something just a little more intriguing than what the first eight issues comprised.

4 out of 5

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