Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Brian Churilla and Dave Stewart
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 03/11/2015
There are thousands of Hells, each unique, each terrible. Mega-cities ruled by vicious gangs. Empires where the most perverse are well-respected. Wastelands roamed by prehistoric monstrosities. With the proper tools and know-how… you can infiltrate Hell whether you’re dead or not. With the proper tools and know-how, you can break out. Project Kerberos has developed this forbidden technology, and a special forces extraction team is dispatched to rescue lost souls from the infernal realm.
- Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Brian Churilla, and colours by Dave Stewart.
- “Hell Break”, the name of this comic says it all! It’s about an extraction team that enters Hell to extract the lost souls of those who have been possessed.
- I would say this is some of Bunn’s best writing. The first issue gives you just enough knowledge of the Kerberos Initiative and the “extraction team” to feel completely connected to the story.
- The caustic and snide banter is humorous and well placed. It keeps the story and characters from becoming too dark.
- The action in this comic drives the character development and allows the reader to understand the hierarchy within the team.
- Churilla’s artwork expresses Bunn’s writing fantastically. The art style is dark and the creatures are nightmarish, yet there is just enough of a cartoon edge to keep it in line with the main characters softer nuances.
- Stewart chooses the colours with care. Bland, earthy tones express the “real” world, while the inner halls of this particular Hell are mostly pallid tones with splashes of red and bilious green. The outer world of Hell uses a somber palette of diluted purples, reds, and pinks.
- Churilla’s dynamic art and Stewart’s aggressive punctuations of colour make the action scenes standout against the vapid surrounds.
- The story is well written and executed. My only fear is that it could become rather transparent. You seem to know exactly where the story is leading at this point, so I hope the writing stays on point but adds some twists and turns to keep the storyline as interesting as this issue has been.
- If I am to be incredibly particular, some of the facial features when you see the characters from a distance are a little simplistic.
Overall: 9/10 (Writing: 9 Art: 9)
- This is another great Oni Press and Cullen Bunn work.
- Churillia and Bunn work well together and the art and story form a cohesive unit that lends an overall presence to the comic.
- This is a strong first issue and I look forward to more excellent writing and art that will continue to lead this series in a riveting direction.
The action in this comic drives the character development
You seem to know exactly where the story is leading at this point