The cover piqued my curiosity with two eye-catching elements: 1) a deranged adept standing in a candle-lit room with summoning circles inscribed in the floor as he held aloft a sacrificed ram and 2) the words “For Mature Readers” boldly set against a black frame at bottom center of the page. I was in the mood for a good, adult book that grappled with mature themes in a smartly told story. This book did a fine job of satiating my interests.
Although I jumping aboard a little late, I figured out the premise of the series. A young woman named Sandra has been investigating some odd and tragic events that center on the tunnels around a place called Satan’s Hollow. This Ohio town seems to be plagued by unnatural disappearances and unexplained occurrences.
The book does not hide the fact that the events emanate from Satan’s desire to return to Earth via a portal.
The illustrations and coloring are excellent. The opening pages of Sandra exploring the night utilize bold hues of blues and blacks against a white moon, and the picture conveys the nightmarish tone brilliantly.
I had a great deal of fun reading this book. If I were to voice one issue with Satan’s Hollow, it would be that the demons don’t come off too frightening. The panels in which the humans possessed reveal their demonic hosts via shadows work so well, but the images of the demons come off a little to bland.
Aside from that, Satan’s Hollow gets its point across well, and that point is to scare the hell into you. I look forward to the next issue. I only wonder why the publisher didn’t stagger the release two months so the last issue comes out in October.
[su_box title="Score: 4/5" style="glass" box_color="#8955ab" radius="6"]
Satan’s Hollow #3 Writer: Joe Brusha Artist: Allan Otero Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment Price: $3.99 Release Date: 5/25/16 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital