Story by Ian Edgington
Art by Alex Sanchez
Color by Hi-Fi Design
Published by Titan Comics
Release Date: 10/15/2014
Nearly 19 years after Biohazard / Resident Evil was brought to us by creator Shinji Mikami, he is bringing a new Horror game to consoles and PC. Over the years, many Resident Evil games have strayed into the ‘action’ sub-genre but fans of that original series have high hopes that the Survival aspect of the Horror genre is rediscovered in the Evil Within. Can the first issue of this four-issue prequel add to the experience?
Sadly the beginning of the comic is rather cliché: Dana is on the road, distributing flyers sharing information on her missing friend. Her car runs low of fuel in the wrong spot, in an area with no phone signal, but ‘luckily’ a gas station cum diner is lighting up the gloom ahead.
I suppose there are limitations to how someone can become isolated in our technical world, and thankfully that 3 page introduction spins into a more suspenseful thrill ride.
Although the inside of the diner is brilliantly bright, it is only emitting light onto maggot infested foods of plate, there is no sign of other life inside. Those life signs can now be found outside when a hooded figure is being chased by a slew of mutilated humans. The real question though is why is the immaculate, untouched figure of Dana’s missing friend standing among those monstrosities.
Ian Edgington’s prequel story continues relentlessly. His pacing bringing a fine momentum throughout the book that well scratches shock, horror and suspense itches. Especially when we come to the first appearance of the cover star of the book.
Alex Sanchez also delivers the horror well. From the Mutilated humans to blood soaked hospital wards your eyes will be popping by the end of the book. The only down point to the art was a few misjudged angles and panel sizes on our protagonists causing a bit of short limb syndrome.
When you reach the “to be continued…” box you’ll be wanting more. In my case, in paper AND pixel form.
Rest of the series ordered, Game pre-ordered. This world could rival the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises…