When a person reverts to a former or lesser state, that’s what’s know as Regression. That’s not the case for Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Danny Luckert (Haunted)andMarie Enger (Dept. H), with their horrifying new comic out from Image this week. On shelves May 10th, you can witness where ones mind can go, when things in the past aren’t dealt with. Bunn and the team excels to new limits with a fresh batch of nightmare-fuel, for your ocular consumption. Inflicting both psychological and visual terror on your mind, it will leave you with a feeling of not wanting to be awake, and never wanting to sleep ever again. I myself am not a huge fan of the horror genre, but this book really struck a note with me based on how the writing and art style complement each other in a unique way. The flow of the story is constantly drawing you in, and the art has amazing detail you could stare at for hours (or quickly turning the page because of it’s realism). I think Regression is going to be the next great thing from Bunn and Image Comics.
Adrian is enjoying himself on a nice summer day, he’s at a BBQ with friends having fun. Summer is in full swing, people are eating, drinking and an overall joy is about. Except Adrian see’s something else, a horrifying truth, or a you know, psychosomatic hallucination. Either way Adrian is at the end of his rope, and as he seeks refuge in the bathroom, his friend Molly comes to his aid. After some convincing, Molly tells Adrian of a more unconventional solution that could help him with his problem. The next night Adrian and Molly attend a show at the local comedy club, seeing a performing hypnotist. After much skepticism while taking in the show, Molly and Adrian are joined by her friend Sid, the hypnotist from the show. Sid explains how hypnotism works and how it could help, he begins asking Adrian some questions. The questions become more and more specific to Adrian’s past as he lulls him into a sleep like trance. Image’s of lives past flash before his eyes, and just as suddenly as it all started, it ends. Adrian finds himself sitting at the table again with Molly and Sid, wondering what had happened or if anything actually worked. Still reeling with questions, Adrian is dropped off at home by Molly, still holding Sid’s card in his hand. He heads inside his apartment, and immediately crashes onto his bed into a deep slumber. However he is quickly woken by a nightmare, of a strange man holding a knife babbling incoherently. As Adrian struggles with man in his room, the man plunges the blade into Adrian’s chest revealing some sort of alien arachnid living inside. Gasping for air, Adrian is now finally awake, with no strange man or fatal wound killing him. Wanting answers, Adrian calls up Sid to see what he could have done to him to create such a nightmare. When the phone call goes through, Adrian hears ringing on the other end, inside his own apartment. Adrian turns the corner into his kitchen and finds Sid.
This book resonated with me a great deal, not only because of the amazingly intricate artwork, but also the specific way it is meant to disturb. I wasn’t lying when I referred to it as “nightmare-fuel”, and the scary nature of the book itself about dealing with the possibility of past lives. It’s especially creepy for people who might have Arachnophobia or more specifically, Entomophobia (A.K.A. Insectophobia). With so much art aimed to scare and intrigue the reader, the writing is right on course to weave a dark web. Adrian is obviously suffering, but who the strange man in his dreams is, and what his plans for Adrian are is still a mystery.